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B-24J Liberator   44-10486
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-10486
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Consolidated - Fort Worth, Texas
Production Block B-24J-55-CF
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
It's doubtful if this serial numbered plane ever served with the 492nd, but there is a small possibility. Therefore, we are listing it, pending new evidence. See: footnotes
If it was in the 492nd, here's some details. If not see the links at right for the other two 486 planes.
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.
This aircraft did serve in the 448th BG, 712th BS
712th Squadron Code: CT
Tail Code: L
The 448th records don't show this plane flying any combat missions but does report it crashing during a practice exercise on 17 Sep 44.
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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