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B-24J Liberator   42-50611   BOLD VENTURE II
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50611
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 859th BS.
Flew its first mission 18 Jul 44
Obtained From unknown
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 10
Total WWII Missions 36
Some lists will show this plane as being 42-60611 (see Footnotes).
Obtained from the replacement depot to replace 44-40050 SUPER WOLF lost on 7 Jul 44.
Named BOLD VENTURE II by Marvin Paul, crew 917
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: B+
Transferred to 467th BG, 788th BS
Returned 1 Jun 45 to the USA.
More Info
plus two others
Paul Crew 917
Prewitte Crew 916
Bowman Crew 914
Johnson Crew 903
Menweg Crew 908
Nelson Crew 714
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
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Paul 917 Target: Tactical
Led B Section
21 Jul 44 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
 Link to Mission 55 page 55
Prewitte 916 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Bowman 914 Target: Tactical
Led C Section
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Johnson 903 Target: Tactical
Lead Ship w/Mahoney
29 Jul 44 Oslebshausen, Germany
 Link to Mission 58 page 58
Paul 917 Target: Oil refinery
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Paul 917 Target: Chemical plant
Led C Section
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Menweg 908 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Nelson 714 Target: Submarine base
Lent to the 857th BS
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Prewitte 916 Target: Oil Refinery
Led B Section
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