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B-24J Liberator   42-50580
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50580
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 aitcraft for the 859th BS.
Flew its first mission 16 Jul 44.
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 8
Total WWII Missions 8
Obtained from the replacement depot to replace 42-95005 DREAMER lost on 7 Jul 44. To our knowledge this aircraft was never given a nickname or had any nose art painted on it.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: G+
Transferred to 467th BG, 788th BS
Lost at sea: 16 Aug 44 w/Prewitte, shot down by friendly fire during a training mission. See Stories.
6 killed in the line of duty, 4 rescued.
More Info
Prewitte Crew 916
G Miller Crew R-37
McGowan Crew R-08
Menweg Crew 908
Pease Crew R-38
with the 467th BG
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
16 Jul 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 51 page 51
McGowan R-08 Target: Marshalling yard
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Prewitte 916 Target: Tactical
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
G Miller R-37 Target: Marshalling yard
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Menweg 908 Target: Chemical plant
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Prewitte 916 Target: Railroad bridge
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Prewitte 916 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Pease R-38 Target: Submarine base
7 Aug 44 Ostend, Belgium
 Link to Mission 66 page 66
G Miller R-37 Target: Oil dump
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