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B-24H Liberator   42-95215   MOONSHINE EXPRESS
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 42-95215
Model B-24H
Manufacturer Ford - Willow Run, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Production Block B-24H-25-FO
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Replacement aircraft for the 856th BS
Flew its first mission 4 Jul 44
Obtained From Replacement Depot
Flyover Pilot unknown
Total Missions w/492nd 5
Total WWII Missions 5
Replaced 44-40128 lost 20 Jun 44
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: I
The nose art was obviously inspired by Al Capp's Dogpatch characters in his L'il Abner comic strip.
18 Jul 44: Lost w/Seger Crew R-31, 1 KIA, 1 WIA, 8 RTD
The aircraft was damaged, forcing the crew to bail out over the Allied controlled beachhead. One crewman's chute failed to open. Another was injured when he hit the ground.
Aircraft replaced with 42-50770
More Info
plus another photo
Seger Crew R-31
Watson Crew R-19
Hamilton Crew 604
Leahy Crew R-17
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
4 Jul 44 Beaumont, France
 Link to Mission 44 page 44
Watson R-19 Target: Airfield
6 Jul 44 Kiel, Germany
 Link to Mission 45 page 45
Hamilton 604 Target: Shipyard
11 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 48 page 48
Leahy R-17 Target: Railroad station
Landed at Woodbridge
16 Jul 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 51 page 51
Seger R-31 Target: Marshalling yard
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Seger R-31 Target: Tactical
Lost: 1 KIA, 1 WIA, 8 RTD
Ship was salvaged
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