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B-24J Liberator   44-40065   SILVER LADY
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40065
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Consolidated - San Diego, California
Production Block B-24J-145-CO
Color Silver aka NMF (Natural Metal Finish)
Group Data
Date Assigned to 492nd Original aircraft for the 859th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 2nd Lt Haywood Brantley Crew 905
Total Missions w/492nd 3
Total WWII Missions 3
Russell Ive's book states this plane's tail letter was D+ but that letter was already taken. It is doubtful that this plane ever had a tail letter as very few did on 19 May 44 when this plane was lost. We believe due to the time frame it was replaced by 42-50370 OONIE DOONIE obtained from the replacement depot. Since that plane was assigned the tail code O+ we suspect that would have been this plane's code if it had survived.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: O+
19 May 44: Lost, w/Brantley Crew 905
Over Brunswick the wing had caught fire and the order was given to abandon ship. Only four made it out before the ship exploded. Of the four, one was found dead on the ground.
7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 5247
Our current theory is this aircraft was replaced with 42-50370 OONIE DOONIE obtained from the replacement depot.
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Brantley Crew 905
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 859th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
12 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
Brantley 905 Target: Oil refinery
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Brantley 905 Target: Marshalling yard
Lost: 7 KIA, 3 POW, MACR 5247
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