Previously reported as “Bucket of Bolts, [2]”, but probably unnamed. The published photo of “Bucket of Bolts” is 455th BG a/c 42-50400 and is not a Ford built aircraft. A replacement aircraft arrived into 449th in May 44 and flown primarily by the Dorton crew. The aircraft was still unnamed when the Dorton crew finished their tour in mid-July 44. Crashed on takeoff when it failed to climb and struck power lines at the end of the runway during night takeoff for Southern France invasion support mission 15 Aug 44. 12 KIA, MACR 15099.

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