PBY Black Cat Markings

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  1. Ramamungus

    Ramamungus New Member

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    Just discovered this forum and love it.

    I recently got a Monogram 5609 1:48 PBY.

    My question is how would a Black Cats PBY tail wing of looked with a Bu Number of 08434? This was the plane that Nathan Gordon flew on Feb 15th 1944, which for his actions that day he was awarded the Medal of Honor. I know most websites say that he was flying "The Arkansas Traveler" bu number 08139 that day. Being from the same small Arkansas town that Nathan was from and working on a project for the local museum I have had the honors to get to view many things of Nathan's history including his flight log...he was flying 08434.

    I am including a link to a picture of Nicholas Trudgain picture of Nathans rescue....it says 71...should it be 34?

    PacificWrecks - "Black Cat Rescue" depicts Lt(jg) Nathan Gordon piloting PBY "Arkansas Traveler" 08139 taking off after rescuing B-25 crew off Kavieng
     
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    Ramamungus New Member

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    Being a new member if this is not the correct section to ask this please let me know.
     
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    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the right section to me.
    As far as the number goes, "71" was probably a squadron I.D. number, AFAIK, the Navy didn't start matching Bureau numbers to squadron I.D. numbers untill the late 40's.
    And welcome to the forum!
     
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