FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
Bank being a monosyllable word commencing with the letter B means a propeller driven bomber.In this case the North American B-25 Mitchell supplied to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease rules during WW2.Most of these bombers operated alongside Douglas A-20 Havocs in the Northwestern part of Russia against the Germans on the Kola peninsula.The A-20 btw. was codenamed "Box".
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2362 times:
The name gives away the fact that it was a Bomber, and a prop powered one at that. The answer is the B-25, built by North American in the US of course. The USSR recieved some of those during WWII as aid from their US allies and apparently kept using them until at least the establishment of NATO.
FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
Some other planes of Lend-Lease ancestry got names (in 1954),as well,since they were thought to be operated by the Soviets post-war:
TU-4 (B-29 copy) = Bull
LI-2 (C-47 copy) = Cab
P-63 = Fred
PBY Catalina = Mop
I particularly like Mop! U-boat captain to crew:"Attention all! We're being attacked by a mop"!