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B-24H Liberator   42-51091   BANGIN' LULU
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-51091
Model B-24H
Manufacturer Douglas - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Production Block B-24H-20-DT
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 858th BS
Flew its first mission 27 May 44
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 24
Total WWII Missions unknown
This aircraft came into the 492nd during late May either to replace one of the lost planes or as part of the J for H trade with the 458th fro PROJECT AZON. Which plane it replace is unknown.
858th Squadron Code: 9A
Tail Code: N- (underlined)
The nose art was inspired by an Alberto Vargas "Varga Girl" illustration. See the photos link.
19 Jun 44: Reassigned to the 857th BS when the 858th was cut from the Group. It was used to replace 44-40106 lost on 20 Jun 44.
857th Squadron Code: 9H
Tail Code: -F (overlined)
The mission record below might contain errors, as there were two planes with last three digets 091. The in the "Notes" column below indicates the missions confirmed thus far (see Footnotes).
6 Aug 44: Heavily damaged it was crashlanded at Metfield, home of the 491st BG. Initial reports claimed it was damaged beyond repair. Apparently it was fixed and put back into service.
Transferred to the 446th BG, 704th BS
Returned to USA during Jun 45
More Info
and Varga Girl info
Platinsky Crew 816
Landry Crew 817
Monroe Crew R-01
Flanagan Crew 705
Skorupan Crew 703
Cravens Crew R-24
Taylor Crew R-04
Simon Crew R-03
Koltun Crew R-10
Nelson Crew 714
Crew R-02
Crew R-40
Perry Crew R-21
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
446th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 858th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew
Notes = Mission Confirmed
27 May 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 10 page 10
Landry 817 Target: marshalling yard
28 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 11 page 11
Frantz 803 Target: Oil refinery
29 May 44 Politz, Germany
 Link to Mission 12 page 12
Frantz 803 Target: Oil refinery
30 May 44 Rotenburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 13 page 13
Platinsky 816 Target: Air depot
2 Jun 44 Burck-sur-Mer, France
 Link to Mission 15 page 15
Frantz 803 Target: Tactical
4 Jun 44 Avord, France
 Link to Mission 16 page 16
Platinsky 816 Target: Airfield
6 Jun 44 invasion coast, France
 Link to Mission 17 page 17
Frantz 803 Target: Tactical
6 Jun 44 Vire, France
 Link to Mission 19 page 19
Monroe R-01 Target: Tactical
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 857th BS
20 Jun 44 Politz, Germany
 Link to Mission 34 page 34
Taylor R-04 Target: Oil refineries
22 Jun 44 St Cyr, France
 Link to Mission 38 page 38
Skorupan 703 Target: Airfield
25 Jun 44 Roye, France
 Link to Mission 40b page 40b
Frantz 803 Target: Peronne Airfield
27 Jun 44 Creil, France
 Link to Mission 41 page 41
Frantz 803 Target: Marshalling yard
Shown as bombing target on mission log, but is not on the formation sheet
28 Jun 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 42 page 42
Simon R-03 Target: Marshalling yard
Aborted, uncredited
29 Jun 44 Magdeburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 43 page 43
Koltun R-10 Target: Aircraft industry
6 Jul 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 45 page 45
Nelson 714 Target: Shipyard
8 Jul 44 Alost, Belgium
 Link to Mission 47 page 47
Rasmussen R-02 Target: Railroad bridge
Couldn't drop bombs
11 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 48 page 48
Flanagan 705 Target: Railroad station
12 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 49 page 49
Cravens R-24 Target: Railroad station
16 Jul 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 51 page 51
Flanagan 705 Target: Marshalling yard
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Thompson R-40 Target: Tactical
Lent to the 856th BS
20 Jul 44 Erfurt, Germany
 Link to Mission 54 page 54
Perry R-21 Target: Airfield
21 Jul 44 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
 Link to Mission 55 page 55
Cravens R-24 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Flanagan 705 Target: Tactical
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Flanagan 705 Target: Tactical
Aborted, uncredited
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Skorupan 703 Target: Chemical plant
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Skorupan 703 Target: Submarine base
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Skorupan 703 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
Skorupan Crew's 30th mission
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Flanagan 705 Target: Oil refinery
Severely damaged by flak
Crashlanded at Metfield, 1 WIA
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