Otstot, Kenneth, Maj

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Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1092-Pilot, B-24
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USAAF
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1944-1945, Far East Air Forces
Service Years
1942 - 1946
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Reportedly flew aboard aircraft named "Balls of Fire", Squirrely Shirley" and "Patches"
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World War II

During World War II, the 460th was known as the 460th Bombardment Group (Heavy) and was assigned to the 55th Bombardment Wing of Fifteenth Air Force.

The 460th Bomb Group flew B-24H Liberators with tails marked in yellow and black, affixed with a black square

The group trained for heavy bombardment operations overseas at bases in Alamogordo AAF in New Mexico from 1 July to 31 August 1943, at Kearns AAB in Utah, and Chatham AAF in Georgia. The 460th moved to Spinazzola, Italy in February 1944, and the entered combat on 19 March.

The 460th bombed enemy marshalling yards, oil refineries and storage facilities, aircraft factories, industrial areas and other objectives in Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Rumania, Yugoslavia and Greece.

The group flew its last World War II combat mission on 26 April 1945, then moved to Waller Field in Trinidad and finally Paramirim Field, Natal, Brazil in June 1945 to assist in moving redeployed personnel from Europe to the United States. The 460th Bombardment Group was deactivated on 26 September 1945.
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Jungle Air Force:
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Thirteenth Air Force began operations in November 1942 as an organization composed of many widely separated Seventh Air Force and independent units scattered in the South Central Pacific during the Solomon Islands campaign.

Initially charged with taking a defensive stand against advancing enemy forces, Thirteenth Air Force later took the offensive flying a variety of aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Marauder, P-38 Lightning, P-39 Airacobra, P-40 Warhawk, P-61 Black Widow, C-46 Commando, C-47 Skytrain, and L-5 Sentinel.

It was Thirteenth Air Force P-38Gs of the 339th Fighter Squadron of the 347th Fighter Group which, on 18 April 1943, flew the mission which resulted in the death of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

From 1942-1945, Thirteenth Air Force staged out of tropical jungles on more than 40 remote islands including the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign; Mariana and Palau Islands campaign and the Philippines campaign (1944–45), thus earning the nickname, "The Jungle Air Force." The command's units participated in a total of five different operation areas and 13 campaigns.

Thirteenth Air Force along with Fifth Air Force in Australia and Seventh Air Force in Hawaii were assigned to the newly-created United States Far East Air Forces (FEAF) on August 3, 1944. FEAF was subordinate to the U.S. Army Forces Far East and served as the headquarters of Allied Air Forces Southwest Pacific Area. By 1945, three numbered air forces—5th, 7th and 13th—were supporting operations in the Pacific. FEAF was the functional equivalent in the Pacific of the United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) in the European Theater of Operations.

After hostilities ended in 1945, Thirteenth Air Force established its headquarters at Clark Field, Philippines, in January 1946. In May of that year, it moved to Fort William McKinley, Luzon. By August 1947, 13AF returned to Clark Field. In December 1948, the unit moved to Kadena, Okinawa, where it remained for only a few months before returning to Clark in May 1949.

 


   
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Model Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Length 67.16 ft | 20.47 m
Width 110.01 ft | 33.53 m
Height 18.01 ft | 5.49 m
Engine(s) 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65 radial piston engines generating 1,200hp.
Empty Weight 36,500 lbs | 16,556 kg
MTOW 65,001 lbs | 29,484 kg
Max Speed 290 mph | 467 km/h | 252 kts
Max Range 2,001 miles | 3,220 km
Ceiling 28,002 ft | 8,535 m | 5.3 miles
Climb Rate 800 ft/min (243.84 m/min)
Hardpoints 0
Armament 2 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose assembly.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in tail assembly.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in upper-fuselage turret.
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in under-fuselage assembly.
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in left-waist fuselage position.
1 x 12.7mm machine gun in right-waist fuselage position.

Up to 8,800lbs of internal bombs.
Accommodations 10
Operators the United States of America and the United Kingdom.




* Model 31 - Flying Boat Model whose wing assembly would become the basis for the B-24 design.
* Model 32 - Base B-24 Model Series Designation.
* XB-24 - Initial Prototype Model Designation fitted with R-1830-33 radial piston engines generating 1,200hp.
* YB-24 - Preproduction Model Designation
* B-24A - Fitted with 2 x 7.62mm tail guns, 6 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose assembly, dorsal and waist gun positions.
* B-24C - Fitted with turbocharged R-1830-41 engines; 8 x 12.7mm machine guns - nose (single gun), ventral, waist (left and right), dorsal turret (two guns) and tail turret (two guns).
* B-24D - Based on the B-24C model but fitted with R-1830-43 engines; later models of this series would feature the twin 12.7mm ball turret gun assembly in the ventral fuselage position; self-sealing fuel tanks; 2,381 produced.
* B-24E - Modified propeller systems; 801 produced.
* B-24G - Fitted with R-1830-43 engines; powered nose turret with 2 x 12.7mm machine guns.
* B-24H - Improved Model with extended nose section; 3,100 produced.
* B-24J - Fitted with R-1830-65 engines; improved bombsight; autopilot functionality; 6,678 produced.
* B-24L - Based on B-24J model but fitted with hand-operated tail guns; 1,667 produced.
* B-24M - Based on B-24J model with lighter mounting for hand-operated tail gun; 2,593 produced.
* XB-24Q - General Electric Conversion Model of B-24L model fitted with radio-controlled tail turret.
* B-24Q - Final Production Model Designation
* B-24Q
* LB-30 - Transport Variant
* C-87 - Air Force Transport Variant
* RY - Navy Transport Variant
* C-109 - Fuel Tanking Model
* F-7 - Photographic Reconnaissance Model
* PB4Y-1 - Patrol Bombing Model
* PB4Y-2 - Specialized Model with single vertical tail surface assembly.
* GR - British Maritime Reconnaissance Model.




   
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  • Boyd, Robert, 1st Lt, (1942-1945)
  • Cardenas, Robert Leon, Brig Gen, (1939-1973)
  • Graham, David
  • Hardy, Richard, SSgt, (1942-1944)
  • Harmening, Fred, TSgt, (1940-1970)
  • Hill, Arthur, SSgt, (1943-1945)
  • Klimesh, Cyril (Cy), Capt, (1940-1963)
  • Lassiter, Newton, Capt, (1942-1945)
  • Vance, Randolph
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