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Louis Zamperini meets Daisy Mae

Louis Zamperini and The Daisy Mae met many years ago when both served with the 42nd Squadron 11th Bomb Group of the  7th Army Air Force back in the Spring of 1943. Zamperini was a Bombardier on the B-24 Bomber named Superman at the time.  Later he and a make shift crew took The  Green Hornet on a mission looking for a downed crew near Palmyra Island in the Pacific about equidistant between Hawaii and Funafuti Atoll where the 42nd Squadron was based. This was a two plane search going out in a standard “Y” formation. The other plane traveling in the “Y” formation was The Daisy Mae

The crew on the Daisy Mae was not Lt. Gall’s crew. They had just landed a few hours before on a night patrol near Funafuti.
Below are two books based on Zamperini’s tremendous inner strength that helped him survive his crash at sea and daily struggles  with sharks and prison guards.

On both of the book covers below you can see a lonely B-24 flying over water. The bomber may represent all of the bombers who went on those long dangerous missions during World War II. I like that idea myself. However, there may be another correct answer.

Would you like to guess the name of the B-24 Bomber portrayed by the artist’s creation on each of these two different books about Louis Zamperini and for the movie coming out around Christmas time in 2014?

Louis Zamperini, meet the ” Big Girl” we call the Daisy Mae!

“Never underestimate the power of hope,” Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, Navigator The Daisy Mae July 24, 1943