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B-24J Liberator   42-50491
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50491
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Consolidated - Fort Worth, Texas
Assembled from Ford-built B-24H knockdown kits
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 12 Jul 44
Obtained From unknown
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 9
Total WWII Missions unknown
Replaced 42-95230 lost 7 Jul 44.
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: G
To our knowledge this aircraft was never given a nickname or had any nose art painted on it.
Transferred to the 446th BG
27 Dec 44: Engine problems forced Lt Malone to ditch it in the English Channel.
7 KIA, 3 Rescued
More Info
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Hamilton Crew 604
Leahy Crew R-17
Crew R-30
White Crew R-34
Powers Crew 614
Boswell Crew R-43
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
446th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 856th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
12 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 49 page 49
Leahy R-17 Target: Railroad station
16 Jul 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 51 page 51
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Marshalling yard
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
White R-34 Target: Tactical
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
Powers 614 Target: Marshalling yard
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Hamilton 604 Target: Tactical
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Hamilton 604 Target: Tactical
29 Jul 44 Oslebshausen, Germany
 Link to Mission 58 page 58
Hamilton 604 Target: Oil refinery
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Hamilton 604 Target: Railroad bridge
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Hamilton 604 Target: Oil refinery
7 Aug 44 Ostend, Belgium
 Link to Mission 66 page 66
Boswell R-43 Target: Oil dump
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