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B-24J Liberator   42-50456   DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50456
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Consolidated - Fort Worth, Texas.
Assembled from Ford-built B-24H knockdown kit.
Production Block B-24J-401-CF
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 856th
Flew its first mission 6 Jul 44
Obtained From 93rd BG?
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 13
Total WWII Missions unknown
Arrived in July as a replacement aircraft for 44-40227 FOUR BEERS DOC. Unproven possibilty it was obtained from the 93rd BG were it was known as MISS DEDE (see Footnotes).
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: Q
Transferred to 458th BG in August
More Info
Graham Crew 614
Powers Crew 614
Hamilton Crew 604
Taylor Crew R-04
Mock Crew 804
Velarde Crew 615
McLaughlin Crew 811
Beatty Crew R-42
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
93rd BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 856th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
6 Jul 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 45 page 45
Graham 614 Target: Shipyard
Led B Section
7 Jul 44 Bernburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 46 page 46
Hamilton 604 Target: Aircraft factory
8 Jul 44 Alost, Belgium
 Link to Mission 47 page 47
Taylor R-04 Target: Railroad bridge
Couldn't drop bombs
11 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 48 page 48
Mock 804 Target: Railroad station
Led B Section w/Grettum
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Velarde 615 Target: Tactical
Led C Section
20 Jul 44 Erfurt, Germany
 Link to Mission 54 page 54
Powers 614 Target: Airfield
Led B Section w/Graham
21 Jul 44 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
 Link to Mission 55 page 55
McLaughlin 811 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
Aborted, uncredited
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Powers 614 Target: Railroad bridge
Led B Section w/Graham
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Powers 614 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Led C Section
Damaged by flak
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Beatty R-42 Target: Submarine base
Lent to the 859th BS
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Powers 614 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
Led B Section
7 Aug 44 Ostend, Belgium
 Link to Mission 66 page 66
Powers 614 Target: Oil dump
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