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B-24J Liberator   42-50719   SANS SOUCI
Wreckage of SANS SOUCI after a landing collision returning from Mission 65 to Hamburg
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-50719
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 19 Jul 44
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot Lt Blackwell Dunnam
Total Missions w/492nd 8
Total WWII Missions 8
Obtained from the replacement depot to replace 42-50370 OONIE DOONIE lost on 7 Jul 44.
This plane was ferried over to the ETO by Lt Blackwell Dunnam who named the plane SANS SOUCI. The plane was taken from him at Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland. Ironically, this plane and the Dunnam Crew R-46 were both assigned to the 492nd BG, 859th BS. But he never got to fly it in combat. Although this plane did have a name, no noseart was painted on it.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: O+
6 Aug 44: Aircraft lost in landing accident on return from a mission, colliding with another ship. Both aircraft destroyed.
This ship burst into flames, killing all ten crewmen aboard. One of the ten had survived the crash only to die of his injuries 11 days later.
Seeing how the Group was already in the planning stage for disbandment, this aircraft was not replaced.
More Info
8 pictures
Dunnam Crew R-46
Haar Crew 912
Bowman Crew 914
Wolf Crew 911
Pease Crew R-38
Fleming Crew R-47
Story of the name
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 859th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
Bowman 914 Target: Marshalling yard
21 Jul 44 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
 Link to Mission 55 page 55
Haar 912 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
Led B Section
Aborted, uncredited
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Wolf 911 Target: Tactical
29 Jul 44 Oslebshausen, Germany
 Link to Mission 58 page 58
Haar 912 Target: Oil refinery
Led B Section w/Taylor
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Haar 912 Target: Chemical plant
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Haar 912 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by flak
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Pease R-38 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Fleming R-47 Target: Oil Refinery
Lost in landing accident, 9 KIA, 1 WIA
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