P-61B Black Widow 1/72 "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper,” 548th NFS, 1 Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, 1945
P-61B Black Widow 1/72 "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper,” 548th NFS, 1 Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, 1945
P-61B Black Widow 1/72 "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper,” 548th NFS, 1 Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, 1945
P-61B Black Widow 1/72 "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper,” 548th NFS, 1 Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, 1945

P-61B Black Widow 1/72 "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper,” 548th NFS, 1 Lt George C. Cooper, Iwo Jima, 1945

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A menacing night fighter the P-61 Black Widow was introduced by Northrop in 1944. It was one of the era's most modern aircraft and the first ever specially designed to use radar. Though it first saw combat duty in Europe the Black Widow had its greatest success helping the Allies secure victory against the Japanese the following year. Among the units receiving the new twin-engine war bird was the ever specially designed to use radar.

Though it first saw combat duty in Europe the Black Widow had its greatest success helping the Allies secure victory against the Japanese the following year. Among the units receiving the new twin-engine war bird was the 548th Night Fighter Squadron an outfit responsible for interceptor coverage during B-29 bombing campaigns over Japan. It was also the squadron credited with the final aerial victory of the war taking down a Nakajima Ki-44 on August 14 1945.