A replacement ship that Blomgren’s crew picked up at Hamilton Field, CA, and flew overseas arriving at Grottaglie on 3 April ’44. “Worrybird” suffered severe combat damage, requiring three engine changes. The repair work took two days and two nights of steady work to complete. After the repairs were completed and she was being readied for a test flight, she was taxied into a deep mud hole, damaging the right gear strut and tearing a large hole in the wing. 11 Aug 44 taxi accident.