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B-24J Liberator   44-40211   SEPTEMBER POPS
Manufacturing Data
Serial Number 44-40211
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 859th BS
Obtained From Consolidated
Flyover Pilot 1st Lt Herschel Smith Crew 906
Total Missions w/492nd 22
Total WWII Missions 80
Transferred to the 467th BG, 788th BS
On the Smith Crew 906, four of the crew's wives owere expecting a baby in September. Since they were to become pops in September they named their ship SEPTEMBER POPS. The nose art sported two storks, one with a baby and the other with a bomb.
859th Squadron Code: X4
Tail Code: V+
After the Smith Crew 906 was lost on 12 Jul 44 flying another plane, this plane was renamed OUR TEAM.
Returned to USA in 1945
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Smith Crew 906
Prytulak Crew 907
Crew R-18
Koltun Crew R-10
Leister Crew R-36
Links to missions
flown by this plane
are below in the
Mission Record
467th BG site
Mission Record
Documented Missions with the 492nd BG, 859th BS
Date Mission Mission # Pilot Crew Notes
11 May 44 Mulhouse, France
 Link to Mission 01 page 01
Smith 906 Target: Marshalling yard
19 May 44 Brunswick, Germany
 Link to Mission 05 page 05
Smith 906 Target: Marshalling yard
27 May 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 10 page 10
Smith 906 Target: Marshalling yard
28 May 44 Zeitz, Germany
 Link to Mission 11 page 11
Smith 906 Target: Oil refinery
30 May 44 Rotenburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 13 page 13
Smith 906 Target: Air depot
2 Jun 44 Burck-sur-Mer, France
 Link to Mission 15 page 15
Smith 906 Target: Tactical
4 Jun 44 Avord, France
 Link to Mission 16 page 16
Smith 906 Target: Airfield
6 Jun 44 invasion coast, France
 Link to Mission 17 page 17
Smith 906 Target: Tactical
8 Jun 44 Angers, France
 Link to Mission 20 page 20
Smith 906 Target: Tactical
14 Jun 44 Emmerich, Germany
 Link to Mission 26 page 26
Smith 906 Target: Oil refinery
20 Jun 44 Politz, Germany
 Link to Mission 34 page 34
Smith 906 Target: Oil refineries
Bombed with another group
28 Jun 44 Saarbrucken, Germany
 Link to Mission 42 page 42
Smith 906 Target: Marshalling yard
Lead Ship
Damaged by flak
24 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 56 page 56
Prytulak 907 Target: Tactical
25 Jul 44 St Lo area, France
 Link to Mission 57 page 57
Roseborough R-18 Target: Tactical
29 Jul 44 Oslebshausen, Germany
 Link to Mission 58 page 58
Roseborough R-18 Target: Oil refinery
31 Jul 44 Ludwigshafen, Germany
 Link to Mission 59 page 59
Roseborough R-18 Target: Chemical plant
1 Aug 44 Anizy, France
 Link to Mission 60 page 60
Koltun R-10 Target: Railroad bridge
Lent to the 857th BS
3 Aug 44 Mery-sur-Oise, France
 Link to Mission 61 page 61
Roseborough R-18 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets)
Damaged by flak
6 Aug 44 Hamburg, Germany
 Link to Mission 65 page 65
Roseborough R-18 Target: Oil refinery
7 Aug 44 Ostend, Belgium
 Link to Mission 66 page 66
Leister R-36 Target: Oil dump
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