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A/C 42-31630
Aircraft 42-31630, known as Pakawalup, piloted by Lt Richard L. Mack, crashed near Alconbury, England after hitting an obstruction in flight. There were no survivors.
Another view of Pakawalup on the hardstand.
A closeup of the nose of Pakawalup where you can see the head of an Indian.
A/C- 31706
Aircraft 42-31706, known as Slow But Sure, survived the war and returned to the USA on Mar 24th, 1945.
Another view of the nose end of Slow But Sure.
Slow But Sure undergoing an engine change on the flightline.
Slow But Sure, 42-31706, on the runway ready for takeoff.
The nose end view of aircraft 42-31706, Slow But Sure.
Slow But Sure resting on the hardstand.
Slow But Sure on the hardstand. Note the groundcrew tents in the background. These ground crew worked in all kinds of weather and hours and lived miserably in these tents. They kept the planes flying. We owe them much.
Aircraft 42-31706, Slow But Sure in flight. This is the only photo we have of this aircraft in flight.

A/C 42-31726
Aircraft 42-31726, Duration Plus, showing the nose end and 42 mission symbols. We do not know the fate of this aircraft.
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