"Calamity Jane's" first crew. Standing, L to R Morton Gassman, Frank McQuaid, Ryan Barkeley, Robert Nelson. Kneeling: A.G. Simmons, A.M. Stauth, C.O. Gribble, V.D. Gallagher, H. A. Eyster, A.L. Arles. Photo was taken in Topeka, Kansas April, 1944 Mark McQuaid photo.
Canvas Giclee Open Edition
22" x 14"
With Lt. Frank McQuaid at the controls, "Calamity Jane" a 15th Air Force B-24H with the 725th BS, 451st BG, makes her way over the Alps on the way back to base at Castelluccio Airfield in Italy. The Consolidated B-24 Liberator saw combat in every theatre during WWII and was produced in larger numbers than any other combat aircraft. The Liberator could carry more bombs and had greater range than its more popular contemporary, the B-17. The greater range of the B-24 made it ideal for operations in the Pacific and Mediterranean theatres.