L-4 Tail Number - Please Some Help

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  1. JMBIII

    JMBIII New Member

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    Here are two pix of my father's L-4. I've tried to look up the tail number, but none of the sources seem to have this tail number as belonging to a Piper, or any aircraft I can find.
    This picture was taken in late '44 or early '45 at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA. My father was a 1st Lt. liaison pilot for Headquarters 86th Infantry Division Artillery Battalion. He was awarded the Air Medal for something involving the L-4 he flew during the latter days of the European campaign. I know he told me years ago but I've since forgotten.
    I believe the middle number is either a 3 or a 9. The marking on the tail is the 86th Infantry Black Hawk Division patch.
    Anyhow I would like to find out what became the aircraft after the war. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Thanks,

    Joe
     
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    Looks like 328454 to me.
     
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    Joe,

    I think that what you have is an aircraft that was repaired in the field with the rudder from another aircraft. Joe Baugher shows:

    42-7813/7852 Piper O-59/L-4
    42-15159/15329 Piper O-59A/L-4A
    42-36325/36824 Piper O-59A/L-4A
    43-491/1470 Piper L-4B
    43-29048/29246 Piper L-4A
    43-29247/30547 Piper L-4H
    44-79545/80044 Piper L-4H

    It is not likely to be from the YO-59 evaluation batch, the impressed L-4C to G batches, or a later L-4J.

    Roger
     
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    Found another picture. Not the same aircraft. I believe this was taken at flight school back in 1943.
    For modeling purposes what would be the colors? It looks like silver or yellow fuselage, but the cowling is certainly different, and not the same color as the glare shield.
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