Piper L-4J 44-80344


Our Piper L-4J near Eschweiler, Germany in January 2019


History

Piper L-4J S/N USAAF 44-80344 (MSN 12640, frame no. 12470)

  • delivered to USAAF at Lock Haven, PA, 9th Air Force, Europe;
  • transferred to Army Ground Forces, Ninth US Army, XIX Corps, 34th Field Artillery Brigade, 547th Field Artillery
    Battalion [Unit Markings 69-OO], March 45     
  • Flown by Lt. Becker from an Airstrip near Maastricht (50th MR&RS) to München-Gladbach (presently known as Mönchengladbach), Germany, March 10, 1945     
  • 44-80344 saw action in the Battle of the Ruhr Pocket and from the after action reports and Battalion’s history al the exact locations where this L-4 saw action are known. 
  • March 17, 40th FA Group (547th + 548th +549th FA Bn’s) to support 2nd British Army on behalf of (NUSA) 9th US Army and afterwards back to the 404th FA Group. München-Gladbach, Gelsenkirchen, Datteln, Dortmund.
  • returned to USAAF, 9th Air Force, Europe
  • registered F-BDTL June 19, 1947
  • cancelled December 3, 1952 as sold abroad
  • registered SL-AAC ,Saarland
  • reregistered SL-ABC ,Saarland
  • registered D-EDUH May 27, 1959,  cancelled August 29, 1975
  • registered OY-ALN 1976
  • registration SE-IML reserved June 1, 1982, not taken up
  • registered LN-RBI 1994, current