Lady Luck II

Steve Grivno uncovers the story of Lady Luck II, a Consolidated Privateer with a charmed life



An archive image of a Consolidated Privateer in US Navy service.

On a day trip to Fargo, North Dakota, in the autumn of 1995 I visited a store owned by Earl Fankhanel and his wife in the small town of Hillsboro. Looking over the merchandise I observed a wooden model of a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer and asked the price of it.

Earl said it had been a gift and wasn’t for sale. He went on to say that he’d been a tail gunner on the type in World War Two. We talked for a few minutes and I took a couple of pictures of him, and the model, before leaving the store.

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