An original cadre ship that never saw combat with the 449th. While being flown overseas by Zimmerman’s crew, this aircraft was “bounced” off a mountain top on 12 December ’43 while making an instrument approach to Borinquen Air Field, Puerto Rico. As a result, the landing gear collapsed after completion of the landing roll! The crew was re-routed to Italy, and the ship remained at Borinquen for recycling and repair. This ship was re-worked and transferred to the 304th Bomb Wing, 459th Bomb Group, 757th Squadron. The 757th renamed the ship “Tamberlane II”.