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B-24J Liberator   44-40126   SPITT'EN KITTEN
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40126
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 858th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 2nd Lt Ralph Frantz Crew 803
Total Missions w/492nd 1
Total WWII Missions unknown
858th Squadron Code: 9A
Tail Code: unknown
On this ship's only mission with the 492nd, the crew experienced internal problems resulting in an onboard fire. They had to abort the mission 100 miles inside enemy territory.
Interesting note: A German ME-210 escorted the plane back to the channel without firing on it.
Transferred to the 458th BG during the J for H trade for PROJECT AZON. At this time we don't know which plane replaced this one. Its only 492nd mission was flown on 19 May 44 and its first 458th mission was on 2 Jun 44. Therefore, we know this plane was transferred somewhere between the two missions.
754th Squadron Code: Z5
Tail Code: E
Nose Art spells it SPITT'EN KITTEN, while the Jacket Art photo spells it SPITT'IN KITTEN. We're going with what was painted on the plane.
Renamed SKY TRAMP after transferring to the 458th BG.
More Info
Frantz Crew 803
The J for H Trade
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
458th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 858th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Frantz 803 Target: Marshalling yard
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