1/48 Monogram / ProModeler B-24 D Liberator “Teggie Ann”
Here’s another one of my older builds. I am definitely going to have to build a photo light box… This plane is too big for my current setup, so the quality of photographs are not up to par… She has some hangar rash and is missing a few .050 caliber gun barrels now. I noticed a few seams have cracked open on her as well… but overall not too bad considering the moves over the years.
I grabbed this one up when it was a brand new release at the local hobby store… It has several “firsts” for me:
The first time I ever used photo etch parts… they were included in the Pro Modeler kit
The first time I ever mixed paints using my FS colors book… I custom mixed the “Desert Pink”.
but it was a part of the ever present learning curve that we all go through. I have since learned that B-24 top turrets didn’t have metal painted frames like I depicted on this one… The top turret will be mentioned again later in the story…
Here’s a few pictures I took of the “real deal” full scale top turret plexi glass. Notice the frames are clear… not like the ones in my build.
After I built the model, I brought it over to my Dad’s house. He looked it over and pointed to the top turret, and told me about one of his childhood friends who flew in these planes during WW2. This prompted me to do some research…
My Dad’s friend was named Clark Ingram, and he was a radio operator / top turret gunner in a B-24D.
Clark originally trained in B-17’s but volunteered to fly in B-24’s. I found this photo and a story about Clark at another website called the Mount Zion Historical Society. They have articles and listings of numerous veterans and photos of people who served from my Dad’s hometown area in Pennsylvania. (My Dad is listed there too, as a Korean War veteran)
Clark was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Group “The Pyramider’s” out of Benghazi, Libya in 1943. He flew in a plane named “Chief” and it was serial number 41-11774.
I was extremely lucky to find these actual pictures of Clark’s plane on a website called B24 Best Web. (They have a lot of great wartime pictures…). It was damaged in a landing accident but repaired to flight status again afterwards.
Here’s a photo of an unknown airman (or ground crew) standing next to the plane: You can see the nose art behind him.
This picture shows the original nose art on the Port side just above the nose wheel of Clarks plane.
The nose art was changed to this on at least the Port side. It’s quite possible this was done after the landing accident…
SSG Clark Ingram participated in the raid on Ploesti in August 1943.
Clark was shot down over Italy on Sept 3rd, 1943 by a pilot named Johannes Burda. Burda flew with 11/ JG3 and was flying a Bf-109G6. At this time, 11/JG 3 was flying from San Severo which is near the “heel” in the boot of Italy. Some sources state the combat occurred at 18,000 feet above Italy. There is also reportedly gun camera footage of Clark’s plane being downed from Burda’s 109 still in existence in a German Archive in Munich.
Clark and his crew was Burda’s 7th confirmed victory. Most of Burda’s other victories were made on the Eastern Front. It would be Burda’s last victory. He died in a landing accident in Germany a year later, since the rest of JG 3 transferred to “Defense of the Reich” duties. Almost to the day…on October 3rd, 1944.
Only 6 of the 10 crew members survived the shoot down and managed to safely bail out after their plane started burning. Four perished. Clark was captured by the Italian Police and handed over to the Germans. He spent the rest of the War as a POW in Luft Stalag 6 and later Luft Stalag 4 until April 1945. He was part of the “Shoe Leather Express” where the Germans force marched the POW’s in freezing weather for 44 days.
He was liberated on April 16th, 1945, by the 2nd British Army that was led by “Monty”…
Clark weighed a meager 100 pounds at the time of his liberation…
I have several more of the Monogram B-24’s in the stash. Eventually I want to build one up as “Chief” for as a remembrance for Clark, who died in 2011, and my Dad who followed him a year later. I have already built a 109 as flown by 11/JG3 during the time frame that Clark and his crew were shot down.
Freedom isn’t free.
Enjoy this older build, and as usual, comments are encouraged.
PS: We still need some B-24’s for the Kasserine Pass GB …
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