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B-24J Liberator   44-40163
44-40163 flying Mission 9 to Belfort, France, on 25 May 44
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40163
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 856th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 1st Lt Peter Val Preda Crew 601
Total Missions w/492nd 13
Total WWII Missions 13
There were two planes with serial numbers ending in 163, see Footnotes.
856th Squadron Code: 5Z
Tail Code: P
20 Jun 44: Lost w/Val Preda Crew 601
4 KIA, 6 POW, MACR 7080
Aircraft replaced with 44-40135 DAISY MAE obtained from the 858th.
More Info
from Mission 9
Val Preda Crew 601
Curtis Crew 610
Kehoe Crew 613
Kilpatrick Crew R-06
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
12 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 02 page 02
Curtis 610 Target: Oil refinery
25 May 44 Belfort, France
 Link to Mission 09 page 09
Kehoe 613 Target: Marshalling yard
28 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 11 page 11
Val Preda 601 Target: Oil refinery
Led B Section w/Gendreizig
30 May 44 Rotenburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 13 page 13
Val Preda 601 Target: Air depot
Lead ship w/Hurley
6 Jun 44 invasion coast, France 
 Link to Mission 18 page 18
Kilpatrick R-06 Target: Tactical
Lent to the 858th BS
14 Jun 44 Chateaudun, France
 Link to Mission 27 page 27
Val Preda 601 Target: Airfield
20 Jun 44 Politz, Germany
 Link to Mission 34 page 34
Val Preda 601 Target: Oil Refineries
Lost before target: 4 KIA, 6 POW
MACR 7080
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