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Big Nig takes shape

Work on the RAF Museum's Douglas A-20G Havoc is progressing well.

Gary Parsons - 23-Jun-2010

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June 23: Work on the RAF Museum's Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9436 'Big Nig' is progressing well with fitting out of the cockpit about to begin. The starboard inner wing is fitted and both engines are ready for installation.

The aircraft is scheduled to go on display at the museum’s Hendon site in early 2011 and will be the only example of its type on show anywhere in Europe. The museum acquired the Havoc in 2009 after exchanging it for one of its reserve collection Spitfires.

Big Nig was operated by the 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3rd Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force from Nadzab, near Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and force-landed on May 3, 1944 after being brought down by ground fire after a raid on Japanese forces at Wewak. The largely intact airframe was recovered in 1994 and taken to RAAF Amberley in Australia. Big Nig is a caricature of its regular pilot, Captain James L Folse, who supposedly resembled a Damon Runyan character of that period.

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Andrew said on the 23-Jun-2010 at 14:02

Big what ? not to sure how PC that is.

Rod McKenzie said on the 17-Aug-2010 at 14:41

Not remotely PC, but it is historically accurate, and to that extent is something of a refreshing change!

Really looking forward to seeing a Boston/Havoc in the flesh - I just hope Hendon don't stick it in some remote, darkened corner, as has been the trend with recent acquisitions.

W. R. SHEPHERD said on the 26-Oct-2010 at 17:34

Anyone that wants to be PC about this aircraft's name can go shove it and live in IRAN.

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