Registered as ZS-ASU then to the South African Air Force as 1373 in 1941. Back to ZS-ASU in 1945. To VP-KHW in 1950, ZS-DHK in 1953, SE-CDR then N6064V in 1957 and N102V in 1980. To the Castle Air Museum in 1984.
Delivered to the USAAF as 41-27369 in 1942. To N66668 in 1957 then to XA-MOL in 1958. To the USAF Museum at Castle AFB in 1981 and preserved unmarked. Left the museum in 1990 and went to Chino, CA. Last noted there around 1995, fate unknown.
Displayed as Doolittle raider 40-2344 lost over China when the crew bailed out after it ran out of fuel. Actual aircraft is 44-86891, sold in the civil market in 1959 as N3337G. Since the photo was taken, the museum has repainted the aircraft as Lazy Daisy Mae and with its true serial.
I photographed this 1-11 at MUC back in 1995 shuffling Bon Jovi around Europe on a concert tour. Now I've shot her again after all this time stored at this California backwater. Incredible the reunions that this hobby brings about!
The C-46 is associated with the CBI theatre of WWII, but in Europe the USAAF's 313th Troop Carrier Group received it in early 1945, and this particular aircraft took part and was damaged in an Operation Varsity paradrop at Wesel on 24 March 1945. It reached the Pacific too as it served in the JASDF after the war.
This C-46 was taken on charge by the USAAF in 1944 and served with the 48th TCS, 313rd TCG based at RAF Folkingham. Post-WWII she went to the JASDF as 51-1124 and then onto the civilian register as N54510. As part of the NMUSAF Loan Program, 'Honey Gal' has been at the Castle Air Museum since 1983.