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B-24J Liberator   44-40088   KATIE JEAN
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40088
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 857th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 2nd Lt Roger Brague Crew 718
Total Missions w/492nd 3
Total WWII Missions 3
857th Squadron Code: 9H
Tail Code: unknown
19 May 44: Lost w/Brague Crew 718
A head-on attack by a German FW-190 immediately killed Brague and two of his gunners. Two crewmen were able to bail out before the ship exploded. Through the explosion, two more men who had their chutes on were blown out and were able to survive.
5 KIA, 4 POW, MACR 5246
Presently, we do not know what plane replaced this one.
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Brague Crew 718
Arnett Crew 717
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 857th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
11 May 44 Mulhouse, France
 Link to Mission 01 page 01
Brague 718 Target: Marshalling yard
12 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
Arnett 717 Target: Oil refinery
Almost ran out of gas, diverted to a closer airfield
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Brague 718 Target: Marshalling yard
Lost: 5 KIA, 4 POW, MACR 5246
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