A-20J Mama Lou

During my research in the National Archives for more material on the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries low-level bombing mission, I came across an original 8" x 10" print of the well-known A-20J Mama Lou. These photos have certainly been published before, but I offer them here due to their very high resolution, which I hope you’ll find interesting.

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“Mama Lou,” was an A-20J, 43-10127, 6Q*B, of the 410 BG/647 BS. Note the unevenly-painted mission markings and nice female nose art gracing the nose. Also, notice the unpainted battle damage patches that dot the airframe. I really like the battle damage repair patch on the left nose gun access panel with the swastika painted on it!

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Finally, I have this rather poor pic scanned from a photocopy. It’s still useful because it shows the remainder of the bird, except for the actual squadron codes (6Q), which are blocked by the port engine.

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I have a few of my PYN-ups Decals set for Mama Lou (and A-20J "Bill") left in 1/48:

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PYN-up Decals A-20 Havoc Hussies #2. My good friend, the late Dan Rees (former B-52 bombardier with the 410th Bombardment Wing, SAC), was the inspiration for this set showcasing two glass-nosed World War II 410th Bomb Group Havocs with their distinctive black/white striped rudders. First is “Mama Lou,” an A-20J, 43-10127, 6Q*B, of the 410 BG/647 BS. About a bazillion (yes, “bazillion” is a technical term :)) unevenly-painted mission markings and nice female nose art grace the nose, and you’ll also notice the unpainted battle damage patches that dot the airframe. I really like the battle damage repair patch on the left nose gun access panel with the swastika painted on it! Reminiscent of the family left at home, “Bill,” an A-20J, 43-22022, 5D*G, of the 410 BG/644 BS displays a little boy wearing his daddy’s flight helmet and pointing towards the sky where his daddy works. This is poignant artwork, and a nice change from the common female figures that adorned the noses of so many WW II planes.

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