384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in World War II

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This model aircraft was called a "Grasshopper." This particular one was apparently used by Major John Humphries, a Maintenance Officer associated with the 6th Service Squadron and later the 443rd Sub Depot. The name painted on the side is Humphries' "Flying Weasel".

Note the tail decorations that mimic the identification symbols specified for combat aircraft; the Triangle-P indicating the 384th Bomb Group, the 3 at the top of the triangle indicating the aircraft belongs to the 546th Bomb Squadron, and the "designator number" - 3658 - across the base of the triangle: this aircraft is most likely serial number 43-685, making the applied designator number rong.

This aircraft is a variety of Piper Cub, which calls to mind an old aviation saying: "The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you." Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

NOTE: This aircraft was originally identified as an "Aeronca L-3B" but subsequent information confirmed it as a Piper L-4B (a very similar aircraft).