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Air Force Museum
"Lady Be Good" —
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Haunted Place — "Lady Be Good" — Air Force Museum

ADDRESS:

1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, Ohio   45433

(937) 255-3286

USAF Museum web site

LOCATION:

"Lady Be Good" can be found in the Air Power Gallery, which is home to a huge collection of WW 2 planes, photos & exhibits of a variety of occurrences, including the The story of the Philippine Death March, life in a POW camp, The Flying Tigers story, uniforms of all the services, heroes, and campaigns, and other artifacts too numerous to mention.

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DESCRIPTION:

B-24 Liberator "Lady Be Good" — Was stationed at Soluch Airstrip on the coast of Libya.

About the B-24 Liberator bomber: The B24 Liberator had a number of virtues that made it a much more sought after bomber: It was fast (300 mph at 30,000 feet), capable of carrying 8000 LB of bombs, and had an operational range of approximately 2290 miles.

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:

With planes involved with life-threatening dramas like war, people have died, but it seems aren't ready to continue on to the other side.

WW2 — B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, Lady Be Good —

This B24 was stationed at Soluch Airstrip on the coast of Libya. It was on its first bombing mission to drop its load on Naples, Italy, but had to turn back because of bad visibility or mechanical difficulties due to the sand which may have been sucked into the engine at takeoff.

The plane became helplessly lost. Navigator second Lt. Hays was not prepared to handle this situation, having received minimum training of 20 weeks and very little night time. It crashed in the Libyan Desert on 4 April 1943. While 8 of the 9 crew members successfully parachuted out alive, just before the plane crashed, they all died in the desert, trying to find help. The rescue planes only searched the water ways, not the desert.

The wreckage of the plane was finally found in 1959, through a routine aerial survey conducted by a British oil exploration team from the D'Arcy Oil Company. The plane was intact and the radio still worked!!! Thanks to British Petroleum work parties, and an aerial survey by the Air Force RF-101 reconnaissance fighters (which found 1 body), 8 of the 9 bodies were recovered in 1960. The remains of Staff Sergeant V.L. Moore was never found, which remain unclaimed somewhere in the desert.

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MANIFESTATIONS:

The old Air Force relics and planes on display at the museum attract the spirits of crew members killed in action or accidents, which liven up the lives of janitors and guards, who have reported paranormal occurrences such as moving objects, unexplainable voices, actual apparitions and eerie sounds. In one story I read, a janitor was actually decked by an apparition out of control. Pilots and crew who loved their planes while alive, are still attracted to them even when dead.

B-24, Lady Be Good airplane parts are on display — Luckily in a case.

The airplane parts move around inside the display case by themselves.

The Entities of the Nine Crew Members... Are Restless

The entities of the nine crew members are said to wander around the museum at night, perhaps still looking for help which never came or their still missing comrade never found by the living. Never leave a man behind is the long-held military motto.

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STILL HAUNTED?

Yes indeed.

Whether young men die suddenly in battle or suffer a slow death, they sometimes go to the other side with great difficulty. They still had much to do on earth — or were so traumatized in death they had a great need to remain close to things which were familiar, looking for answers, unable to rest.

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SOURCES INCLUDE:

Fiddler's Green.net paper models – B-24 Liberator * Paranormal Travel Guide (Ohio) on Haunted-Places.com * The Lady-Be-Good Tragedy on B-29s-Over-Korea.com * The USAF Museum on Forgotten-Ohio.com * Boeing B-24 Liberator on Warbirdalley.com * USAF Museum web site * "Lady Be Good" B-24 Bomber page on US Army Quartermaster Foundation Graves Registration Search and Recovery web site