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B-24J Liberator   42-51258
42-51258 flying on the 492nd's Mission 65 to Hamburg, 6 Aug 44
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-51258
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Douglas - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Production Block B-24J-1-DT
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 856th
Flew its first mission 31 Jul 44
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 5
Total WWII Missions unknown
Replaced 44-40150 RUPTURED DUCK lost 20 Jun 44
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: N
To our knowledge this aircraft was never given a nickname or had any nose art painted on it.
Transferred to the 44th BG in August 44
Salvaged 25 Feb 45
More Info
Young Crew R-27
Boswell Crew R-43
Taylor Crew R-04
Crew R-30
Koltun Crew R-10
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
44th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 856th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Young R-27 Target: Chemical plant
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Boswell R-43 Target: Railroad bridge
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Taylor R-04 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Oil refinery
7 Aug 44 Ostend, Belgium
 Link to Mission 66 page 66
Koltun R-10 Target: Oil dump
Lent to the 857th BS
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