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B-24J Liberator   44-40171   BOOMERANG
German soldiers in front of the smoldering wreckage of the Boomerang 19 May 44
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40171
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 857th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 2nd Lt Charles Arnett crew 717
Total Missions w/492nd 2
Total WWII Missions 2
Squadron Code: 9H
Tail Code: -O (overlined)
Shot up by GAF over Brunswick on 19 May 44 w/Arnett Crew 717.
On two engines they managed to limp back just barely over the Dutch coast before losing a third engine. Rapidly losing altitude, they returned to the coast and crashlanded in Holland.
1 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 5242.
This aircraft was replaced with 42-95023 LUCKY LASS II obtained from the replacement depot.
More Info
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Arnett Crew 717
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
Arnett 717 Target: industrial, oil.
Almost ran out of gas, diverted to a closer airfield.
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Arnett 717 Target: marshalling yard.
Lost: 1 KIA, 8 POW, MACR 5242
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