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B-24's on Aborted Mission 22 December 1945 | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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B-24's on Aborted Mission 22 December 1945

Aircrafts with Tails visible from top to bottom are:

43-37864 "Penny Jive"

43-38343 "The Big Gear"

44-8457 "Rapid City Spook" - Pathfinder Aircraft equipped with H2X Radar

43-38416 "No Gum Chum"


More background on the Pathfinder ships and the H2X radar can be found at:

Wikipedia H2X radar -

WikiPedia Battle of the Beams -

How H2X "Mickey" Got its name -



Sheley, D., Online posting, January 2, 2011

"Penny Jive"

Boeing B-17G-70-BO Flying Fortress

s/n 43-37864

391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF


"The Big Gear"

Boeing B-17G-85-BO

s/n 43-38343

391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF

Was the regular aircraft of Lt. John N. Friedel and crew during this timeframe.


"Rapid City Spook"

Later re-named "False Courage"

Lockheed/Vega B-17G-65-VE

s/n 44-8457

This was a PFF ship (radar pathfinder). Note that its radar dome is in the down position where the ball turret normally is.


"No Gum Chum"

Boeing B-17G-85-BO

s/n 43-38416

7th BS, 34th BG, 8th AF.

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Taken on November 18, 2013