|The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - U. S. Currency
The Short Snorter Project
|1935A BLUE SEAL $1 SILVER CERTIFICATE SHORT SNORTER #1
CHAS E. POWERS CAMAGUEY, CUBA SHORT SNORTER MAY 10 1943
CHAS. E. POWERS
S. D. Wartznesn Jr.
John D. Lea
Rene C. Solo
Bob French … barely readable
C ….. faded and unreadable
J A Hidlet
Pan American Airways developed airfields in the Latin American nations for the United States Army and Navy. Work
began in Autumn of 1940, under what soon became the Airport Development Program. During World War II, the United
States Army Air Force South Air Force used Camaguey Air Base (now known as the Ignatio Agramonte International
Airport) in the central province of Camaguey, Cuba from 1942 until 1944. The 25th Bombardment Group, 417th
Bombardment Squadron flew B-18 Bolo bombers from the airfield from 13 April 1942 though August 1943. The squadron
flew antisubmarine missions over the northern Caribbean. The base was also used for air-sea rescue missions by the
1st Rescue Squadron.
B-18 A Bolo Bomber
The twin-engine B-18 Bolo was the first
Douglas medium bomber. It was a
combat version of the DC-2 commercial
transport and was especially useful
during the early days of World War II.
370 B-18’s were produced. The B-18
Bolos made up most of the bombers
deployed outside the country as the
United States entered World War II.
B-18 Bolos were used for anti-submarine
operations in American and Caribbean
waters and as trainers and transports.
Twenty served as general
reconnaissance bombers with the Royal
Canadian Air Force as Digby Mk1s.