The Life and Death of Tiger Lil
by Wayland Mayo

Author’s Introduction — Chapter 1

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A Superfortress Is Born

Aircraft 4000 was shuffled around from one unit to another. In Oct. 1945 it was transferred to the 234th AAF Base Unit (Continental Air Force) in Clovis, N.M. In April, 1946, it was transferred to the 247th AAF Base Unit in Smokey Hill, Kansas. It seems like 4000 was not leading a very glamorous life, that was to come later.

In Oct. 1946, it went to San Antonio Air Materiel Center, Kelly AFB, for further modification. In Apr. 1948, 4000 went to Japan and joined the 31st Strategic Recon. Sqdn. At Yokota AFB. In Apr. 1949 the 31st was at Kadena AFB on Okinawa. Aircraft 42-94000 had finally found a home in the Strategic Air Command. It is believed that while in Japan the Tiger Lil nose art was painted. A better future was in store,
Now a RB-29A, Tiger Lil was recognized anywhere she went, and finally getting some respect.
Tiger Lil at Yokota Air Base, Japan, 1950

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