After 49 successful missions, Angel Babe is the Grande Damme of the 918th bomber fleet, and to some like her flight engineer, Sgt. Willets, she even seems to have a soul (and mind) of her own. Her endurance has earned her the label of good-luck charm to the men of the Group. Upon completion of her 50th mission, the Army has decided to retire her from active service and return her to the States for a life of leisure as a recruiting icon. But Angel Babe seems to have other ideas, as she suddenly develops a multitude of mechanical ailments that thwart that final-mission goal. Not only does this strange turn of events recast her as an albatross, it also casts a shadow of suspicion over Willets due to his insistence that she's not ready to withdraw from combat.
Did You Know?
The 8th Air Force had bombers that survived the standard 25 mission tour. One, "Knock Out Dropper", completed 75 missions. See more
Angel Babe's tail markings continually change throughout the episode. When she taxis in at the 2:00 minute mark it is triangle A. When the tire blows on takeoff at 12:00 it has changed to triangle P. When she takes off for the mission is has changed back to triangle A but when she lands from the same mission at 32:00 there are no tail markings. When Joe takes it for a test flight at 32:00 it changes to square A. During the final mission at 40:00 it has changed back to triangle A but the serial number has changed from 3703 to 23814. She was truly a magical plane. See more