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A Cyclone-Roaring December 7:  The 123rd Observation Squadron Goes to War
201206-Z-XX999-1001.JPG Photo By: courtesy asset

PORTLAND, Ore. - A portly North American O-47A of the 123rd Observation Squadron, 70th Observation Group, plies the skies of the Pacific Northwest circa 1942 during the squadron’s early war active duty service. Note the three-man crew. The deep belly featured windows for observation and/or photography. This aircraft’s serial number on the tail is 7291 (37-291) painted in yellow over the olive drab upper camouflage color. A possible squadron number of 59 is painted in black near the lip of engine cowling forward. This aircraft was later heavily damaged in a crash landing at Redmond Army Air Base on August 31, 1943, during the Oregon Maneuver, the largest military exercise ever held in Oregon. (142nd Wing History Archive)


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