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B-24J Liberator   44-40159   BATTLING BOOP
BATTLING BOOP after being interned in Sweden on 18 Jun 44
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40159
Model B-24J
Manufacturer Consolidated - San Diego, California
Production Block B-24J-150-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 1st Lt Saul Platinsky Crew 816
Total Missions w/492nd 14
Total WWII Missions 14
There is a lot of confusion as to if this plane was BATTLING BOOP, BOTTLING BOOP or even BOOTLING BOOP. Although the artwork is a little sloppy, it can't be the latter because the noseart defintely has a double T in it. Other than that no one really knows for sure. Bottling is an old expression for when an audience throws things at performers for a bad act. Perhaps used for this plane as its goal with to throw bombs at Hitler's Fortress Europe. We are sticking with BATTLING BOOP because that's what it looks like in the photo... to us anyway.
858th Squadron Code: 9A
Tail Code: H- (underlined)
18 Jun 44: Lost w/D Miller Crew 810
11 interned in Sweden, MACR 6767
Seeing how the 858th was cut from the Group the day after this plane was lost, it was not replaced. At least not with the 858th. When the replacement plane did come it went to another squadron.
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and 2 others
Platinsky Crew 816
Frantz Crew 803
Munson Crew 814
McLaughlin Crew 811
McMurray Crew 801
D Miller Crew 810
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 858th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
11 May 44 Mulhouse, France
 Link to Mission 01 page 01
Frantz 803 Target: Marshalling yard
12 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
Platinsky 816 Target: Oil refinery
21 May 44 Siracourt, France
 Link to Mission 06 page 06
Platinsky 816 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
24 May 44 Melun, France
 Link to Mission 08 page 08
Platinsky 816 Target: Airfield
25 May 44 Belfort, France
 Link to Mission 09 page 09
Platinsky 816 Target: Marshalling yard
4 Jun 44 Avord, France
 Link to Mission 16 page 16
Munson 814 Target: Airfield
Led C Section w/Jaques
6 Jun 44 Invasion coast, France
 Link to Mission 17 page 17
Platinsky 816 Target: Tactical
11 Jun 44 La Possonniere, France
 Link to Mission 23 page 23
McLaughlin 811 Target: Marshalling yard
12 Jun 44 Dreux, France
 Link to Mission 25 page 25
McMurray 801 Target: Airfield
14 Jun 44 Chateaudun, France
 Link to Mission 27 page 27
D Miller 810 Target: Airfield
15 Jun 44 Tours, France
 Link to Mission 28 page 28
Platinsky 816 Target: Railroad bridge
Bombed target in Le Mans
18 Jun 44 Bremerhaven, Germany
 Link to Mission 31 page 31
D Miller 810 Target: Airfield
Lost: 11 interned in Sweden, MACR 6767
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