A Polka Dot Bomber from World War II

(Photo: the B-24D First Sergeant via the US Army Air Force)

Judas Iscariot is infamous for his betrayal of Jesus by leading soldiers to arrest him in the Garden of Gethsemane. In shepherding, a Judas goat is one that is trained to lead sheep to a particular location—the slaughterhouse.

During World War II, this bomber was among many known as “Judas goats.” They were usually worn out aircraft no longer suitable for combat. Crews painted them in bright, noticeable colors and patterns. They would serve as markers in the air so that other bombers could line up in formation. The Judas goat bombers would then land while the active bombers flew off to the slaughter of war.

-via American Digest


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