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B-24J Liberator   44-40146   SUGAR-N-SPICE
SUGAR-N-SPICE on the 11 May 44 Mission 1 to Mulhouse
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40146
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 856th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 2nd Lt Raymond Sachtleben Crew 607
Total Missions w/492nd 25
Total WWII Missions 25
Named SUGAR-N-SPICE (without nose art)
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: M
Renamed LUCKY STRIKE (with nose art)
6 Aug 44: Lost with Pitzenbarger Crew R-26 (619)
Aircraft lost in landing accident on return from Group Mission 64, colliding with another ship. Both aircraft destroyed.
In this ship, 1 crewman was killed and 9 were wounded, 2 seriously.
Crash photos of both planes can be seen via the Crash Photos link to the right.
Since the group was going to be disbanded after the next mission, this plane was not replaced.
More Info
8 pictures
Sachtleben Crew 607
R Harris Crew 612
Gaulke Crew 602
Curtis Crew 610
McKoy Crew R-09
Kaufman Crew R-05
Crew R-26
Young Crew R-27
Shannon Crew R-32
Boswell Crew R-43
Mock Crew 804
Crew R-30
by Paul Arnett
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
11 May 44 Mulhouse, France
 Link to Mission 01 page 01
Sachtleben 607 Target: Marshalling yard
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Sachtleben 607 Target: Marshalling yard
24 May 44 Melun, France
 Link to Mission 08 page 08
R Harris 612 Target: Airfield
25 May 44 Belfort, France
 Link to Mission 09 page 09
Gaulke 602 Target: Marshalling yard
27 May 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 10 page 10
Sachtleben 607 Target: Marshalling yard
6 Jun 44 invasion coast, France
 Link to Mission 17 page 17
Curtis 610 Target: Tactical
8 Jun 44 Angers, France
 Link to Mission 20 page 20
McKoy R-09 Target: Tactical
10 Jun 44 Boulogne, France
 Link to Mission 21 page 21
McKoy R-09 Target: Airfield
Aborted, uncredited
11 Jun 44 La Possonniere, France
 Link to Mission 23 page 23
McKoy R-09 Target: Marshalling yard
12 Jun 44 Dreux, France
 Link to Mission 25 page 25
McKoy R-09 Target: Airfield
14 Jun 44 Chateaudun, France
 Link to Mission 27 page 27
McKoy R-09 Target: Airfield
17 Jun 44 Melun, France
 Link to Mission 29 page 29
Kaufman R-05 Target: Airfield
18 Jun 44 Bremerhaven, Germany
 Link to Mission 31 page 31
McKoy R-09 Target: Airfield
Bombed target of opportunity
12 Jul 44 Munich, Germany
 Link to Mission 49 page 49
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Railroad station
18 Jul 44 Troarns, France
 Link to Mission 52 page 52
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Tactical
19 Jul 44 Koblenz, Germany
 Link to Mission 53 page 53
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Marshalling yard
20 Jul 44 Erfurt, Germany
 Link to Mission 54 page 54
Young R-27 Target: Airfield
21 Jul 44 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
 Link to Mission 55 page 55
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Aircraft manufacturing
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Shannon R-32 Target: Tactical
Flew w/44th BG
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Tactical
29 Jul 44 Oslebshausen, Germany
 Link to Mission 58 page 58
Boswell R-43 Target: Oil refinery
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Mock 804 Target: Chemical plant
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Boswell R-43 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by Luftwaffe
4 Aug 44 Villers I'Hopital, France
 Link to Mission 63 page 63
Ruthenbeck R-30 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Pitsenbarger R-26 Target: Oil refinery
Lost in landing accident, 1 KIA, 2 WIA
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