Description This is a B-24 lead ship for the 754th Bomber Squadron of the 458th Bomb Group. The leadship was often painted in gaudy colors and it's mission was to help the airgroup form up in the large formations we've seen on TV. This aircraft also had lights in the white stripe in the red circle on the side of the plane. This was for forming the group up at night. The airgroup called this plane their Spotted Ape.
Gene Ritchhart Ritchhart, Arlington, Wa. Member Since July 2010 Artist Statement I was born in july of 1955 in San Diego, Ca. My dad was career Navy so I pretty much grew up around Naval Air Staions on the west coast.I graduated El Cajon High School in El Cajon, Ca in 1974 and enlisted in the Army. I spent most of my time in Mainz, West Germany. My job in the army was as a mechanized infantry driver, driving the old armoured personnel carriers. I came back home and got out of the army and used my GI Bill to get an AA degree in art. My 3rd try at marriage was apparently the right one as my wife has put up with me now for 22 years. She's OK. We make our home in Arlington, Wa. now; at the foot hills of the Cascade Mountains.