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B-24J Liberator   44-40137   WHATSNEXTDOC?
Partial view of WHATSNEXTDOC? showing its nose art (and men of the Davis Crew 704)
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40137
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 Capt Devon Davis Crew 704
Total Missions w/492nd 3
Total WWII Missions 3
857th Squadron Code: 9H
Tail Code: -J (overlined)
21 May 44: Accident while the Group was getting ready to take off for a mission. Heber Crew 705 was taxiing in IRISHMAN'S SHANTY, 44-40166, when brakes failed. They ran into WHATSNEXTDOC? which was parked at the time. WHATSNEXTDOC? never flew again. It sat around until it was finally declared to be totalled beyond repair.
Salvaged on 10 Jul 44
This aircraft was replaced by 44-40167 SIERRA BLANCA obtained from the 858th on 19 Jun 44.
More Info
Davis Crew 704
Heber Crew 705
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
12 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
Davis 704 Target: Oil refinery
15 May 44 Siracourt, France
 Link to Mission 04 page 04
Davis 704 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
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