10 Apr 45: Doomed B-24 Liberator flown by Col James Gilson and named for his son. "Stevonovitch II" (aka "Black Nan") was on what was supposed to be a milk run over Lugo, Italy, in support of the Battle of Bologna, when it was hit in the wing by German flak. All but one of the crew of 10 were killed. The bombardier was thrown clear and survived. The plane was a new Pathfinder Forces ship (PFF), the forerunner of modern GPS systems. #WWII #History
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider and developed during WW2, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar.The first test flight was made on 26 May 1942, with the first production aircraft rolling off the assembly line in October 1944. The last aircraft was retired from government service in 1954.