B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2616 THE BLUE GOOSE is somewhat enigmatic due to there being no known photographs of her. What is known is that the USAAF requisitioned her from an RAF order and that she was given a unique paint job at the Hawaiian Air Depot. From Fortress Against the Sun, pg 218:
“Interestingly, Waskowitz’ plane, the Blue Goose, was actually painted a bright, light blue. Perhaps as a test for a new camouflage scheme, B-17E 41-2616 had been given a coat, top to bottom, of Light Glossy Blue Duco paint at the Hawaiian Air Depot. With its highly unusual color, the B-17 and its crew were soon known to everybody.”
Unfortunately the exact shade is not recorded. I have included a Duco automotive color chart below, perhaps the paint is one of the blues on this card. My color is a mix of Mr. Color 34 with Mr. Color 115 (RLM 65) in a 2 to 1 ratio.
The BLUE GOOSE served with the 11th Bomb Group. She was lost off Bougainville on 29SEP42, shot down by antiaircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. None of her crew survived.
The model is back-dated from the Airfix B-17G kit. Markings are from Starfighter Decals #72-162 “Fortress of the Skies Part 3: E Models”.
This is a conversion of the Airfix B-17G Flying Fortress kit to represent B-17E 41-9244 “Honi Kuu Okole”, which served with the 19th and 43rd Bomb Groups in the Pacific. She was one of a group of four B-17Es requisitioned from a Royal Air Force order by the USAAF, the others being serial numbers 41-9196, 41-9234, and 41-9235. The aircraft were finished in the RAF Temperate Sea Scheme and British markings, the insignia were replaced with U.S. markings but the camouflage was retained.
There was a fad among U.S. aircrews in the Pacific to give their aircraft Hawaiian names. According to Lawrence J. Hickey’s “Kens Men Against the Empire”:
“Sometime during its combat service with the 19th and 43rd Bomb Groups the aircraft acquired the nickname HONI KUU OKOLE. Whoever named it thought the name meant “up your ass” or perhaps “kiss my ass” in Hawaiian; a more literal translation of the phrase would be “massage my buttock.”
The aircraft was in the thick of the action, racking up a total of 87 combat missions and an impressive scoreboard. Her luck ran out on the night of 21MAR43 over Rabaul when she was shot down by a J1N1 Gekko (Irving) nightfighter piloted by SFPO Shigetoshi Kudo of the 251st NAG. Only two of the crew survived the crash. Bombardier MSGT Gordon Manual evaded the Japanese until he was rescued by the USS Gato (SS-212) on 05FEB44, waist gunner SGT Robert Curry was captured and executed by the Japanese at Rabaul. SFPO Kudo would go on to become the first nightfighter ace of the Pacific War.
Photographs of HONI KUU OKOLE focus on her scoreboard. I have depicted her with replacement parts in U.S. colors and touch-ups in Olive Drab along the locations where the de-icer boots would have been removed, all probable but the specifics are speculative. Her U.S. insignia are in the sizes and locations of the RAF insignia they replaced. Decals are from Starfighter Decals #72-162 “Fortress of the Skies Part 3: E Models”.
This is a conversion of the Monogram F4B-4 kit which back-dates it to the earlier F4B-1 using the RareBits vacuform fuselage and a Radial Engines & Wheels resin Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial engine. Not overly difficult and the result is version which you don’t see much at the model shows. I scratchbuilt a cockpit and added lots of plumbing to the engine. The aircraft is marked as the Squadron Commander’s aircraft from VF-5 “Red Rippers” assigned to the USS Lexington (CV-2) in 1932. The decals were sourced from several Starfighter Decals sheets.
This is the Monogram kit from 1968. Even though it is over fifty years old the kit still compares well to recent releases, featuring some very nice surface detail and clever engineering which ensures correct alignment and easy construction. I dressed this one up with a resin cockpit from Starfighter Decals, and also used their sheet 72-107 for the markings. The aircraft is BuNo 9363 assigned to VF-1B “Tophatters” aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1933.
Another build of the classic Matchbox kit, I couldn’t decide which markings I liked best so I decided to build two! These markings are also from Starfighter Decals sheet 72-122 and represent the P-12E of the commander of the 8th Pursuit Group based at Langley Field, Virginia.