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B-24H Liberator   42-50439   BROAD+HIGH
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50439
Model B-24H
Manufacturer Consolidated - Fort Worth, Texas
Production Block B-24H-30-CF
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 859th
Flew its first mission 13 Jul 44
Obtained From Repacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 8
Total WWII Missions 11
Obtained from the replacement depot to replace 44-40156 lost 7 Jul 44.
Named by its Crew Chief, M/Sgt Robert Janton. The name is the main cross streets of his home town Columbus, Ohio. The + sign represents the intersection but when spoken everyone called it, Broad and High.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: K+
Transferred to the 467th BG, 788th BS
Crew Chief: M/Sgt Robert Janton
788th Squadron Code: X7
Tail Code: J
On 18 Aug 44, damaged and low on fuel, it crashlanded in a field at Kirby Bedon, England. Flown by the Leister Crew, 4 KIA, 1 WIA, 4 RTD.
Aircraft was salvaged on 19 Aug 44.
More Info
Crew R-18
McGowan Crew R-08
Brothers Crew R-23
Beatty Crew R-42
Leister Crew R-36
The Final Flight
(with 2 photos)
Account from an
(with 4 photos)
Robert Janton
Crew Chief
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
467th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 859th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
13 Jul 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 50 page 50
Roseborough R-18 Target: Marshalling yard
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
Brothers R-23 Target: Marshalling yard
20 Jul 44 Erfurt, Germany
 Link to Mission 54 page 54
Roseborough R-18 Target: Airfield
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
McGowan R-08 Target: Tactical
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
McGowan R-08 Target: Railroad bridge
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
McGowan R-08 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by flak
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Roseborough R-18 Target: Submarine base
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Beatty R-42 Target: Oil refinery
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