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B-24J Liberator   42-50675   BOLD VENTURE III
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50675
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.
Flew its first mission 1 Aug 44.
Obtained From unknown
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 5
Total WWII Missions 20
Obtained from the replacement depot to replace 44-40290 lost on 21 Jul 44. Named BOLD VENTURE III by Marvin Paul, Crew 917.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: F+
Transferred to the 467th BG, 788th BS
25 Dec 44: Crippled by flak the ship was abandoned, 5 POW, 5 RTD
Unmanned, it landed near Vowchurch Common, Herefordshire England. Salvaged, 26 Dec 44 (see Stories).
More Info
Schulze Crew R-39
Pease Crew R-38
Crew R-02
Prytulak Crew 907
Dunnam Crew R-46
Paul Crew 917
( 467th Report )
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
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Schulze R-39 Target: Railroad bridge
Damaged by Flak
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Pease R-38 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by flak
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Rasmussen R-02 Target: Submarine base
Lent to the 857th BS
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Prytulak 907 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
Aborted, uncredited
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Dunnam R-46 Target: Target: Oil refinery
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