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B-24J Liberator   42-50555   BABY SHOES
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50555
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Ford - Willow Run, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Production Block B-24J-1-FO
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 856th
Flew its first mission 21 Jun 44
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot a 453rd BG crew
Total Missions w/492nd 8
Total WWII Missions unknown
Replaced 44-40102 HEAVEN CAN WAIT lost on 27 May 44.
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: F
Transferred to 458th BG, 755th BS in Aug 44.
Reassigned to 753rd BS in Oct 44.
On 14 Mar 45 it was damaged by a gun firing accident on the base. Baby Shoes was repaired and returned to the USA at the end of the war. See Stories.
More Info
( 3 photos )
by Ed Gill
Graham Crew 614
Young Crew R-27
Pelkey Crew 815
Hamilton Crew 604
by Tom Brittan
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
458th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 856th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
21 Jun 44 Genshagen, Germany
 Link to Mission 36 page 36
McLaughlin 811 Target: Aircraft industry
22 Jun 44 Crepy, France
 Link to Mission 37 page 37
Graham 614 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
23 Jun 44 Juvincourt, France
 Link to Mission 39 page 39
Graham 614 Target: Airfield
Led B Section
27 Jun 44 Creil, France
 Link to Mission 41 page 41
Graham 614 Target: Marshalling yard
Lead Ship
4 Jul 44 Beaumont, France
 Link to Mission 44 page 44
Pelkey 815 Target: Airfield
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Young R-27 Target: Railroad bridge
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Young R-27 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Hamilton 604 Target: Submarine base
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