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B-24J Liberator   42-78486
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-78486
Model B-24J
Manufacturer North American - Dallas, Texas
Production Block B-24J-1-NT
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 856th BS
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 12
Total WWII Missions unknown
North American B-24J-1-NT - Dallas, Texas
We know there was a plane in the 492nd with its serial number ending in 486. Although historians haven't found absolute proof, they feel it's most likely this one. See: footnotes
If it was in the 492nd, here's some details. One might also take note that this one was built by North American. None of the other 492nd planes were built by them. If this plane wasn't with the 492nd, then see the links at right for the other possibilities.
Replaced 42-95196 lost 11 Jul 44
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: L
To our knowledge this aircraft was never given a nickname or had any nose art painted on it.
Records do show that this plane did serve in the 93rd BG, in both the 328th and 330th BSs. Its first mission there was on 9 Oct 44.
Squadron Code: GO
Tail Code: G
28 Jan 45: Lost w/93rd, MACR 12008
More Info
(No photos yet)
Crew R-30
Both Crew R-44
Perry Crew R-21
Vowinkel Crew R-35
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 856th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Tactical
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Marshalling yard
20 Jul 44 Erfurt, Germany
 Link to Mission 54 page 54
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Airfield
Aborted, uncredited
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Tactical
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Tactical
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Both R-44 Target: Chemical plant
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Both R-44 Target: Railroad bridge
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by flak
4 Aug 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 62 page 62
Perry R-21 Target: Submarine base
Lent to the 857th BS
5 Aug 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 64 page 64
Vowinkel R-35 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
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