By Michael D Hill
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that offers the B-24 Liberators utilized by the fifteenth Air strength in international warfare II, famous B-24 historians Robert Beitling and Mike Hill current for the 1st time the biographies of the person B-24s utilized by the 451st, 461st and 484th Bomb teams of the forty ninth Bomb Wing in Italy. As a lot details as is understood concerning the person plane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the airplane got its nickname, variety of missions, unique airplane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the plane. the quantity should be of curiosity to historians, veterans and those that have an interest within the B-24s that flew within the flak crammed skies of the 3rd Reich.
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I 42-51880 THE PURPLE SHAFT (724th #74) Left the USA on September 3, 1944, and was assigned to the group on September 9, 1944. Listed MIA after Mission #176 to Udine, Italy, December 29, 1944. Took a direct flak hit near the target and exploded. Eight of the crew, under the command of Martin Uhl, were killed (MACR #10916). 42-51923 SHORT STUFF (725th ) Left the USA on September 24, 1944, and was assigned to the group on October 14, 1944. Destroyed by fire on the ground November 11,1944. 42-51941 (726th #47) Left the USA on September 21,1944, arriving at the group on September 18, 1944.
42-94753 (725th) She was known as THE PONTIAC SQUAW when she left the USA on March 29, 1944, as an origina1484th Bomb Group aircraft. Transferred to the 451st. On Mission #41 to Wiener Neustadt on May 10, 1944, she was hit by "friendly fire" from a B-24. The crew of John Foster was able to fly the aircraft towards the home base. They bailed out when fuel became low. The aircraft crashed near Zagreb (MACR #4794). 42-94808 JESSE JAMES (724TH #20) Departed the USA on April 4, 1944, and assigned to the 451st in May, Listed MIA after Mission #74 to Blechhammer on July 7, 1944, with the crew of Francis S.
Sustained major flak damage again on February 14, 1945, and returned to service on February 21, 1945. #56 survived the war and returned to the USA on June 6, 1945. 42-78606 LEADING LADY (726th) Left the USA on August 3, 1944, and was assigned to the 461st Bomb Group as BETTY JEAN. Transferred to the 451st on October 21, 1944, to replace 42-51483. Failed to return from Mission #173 to Oswiecim on December 26, 1944, with the crew of William F. Jackson (MACR #10785). 42-78647 (724th) Left the USA on September 8, 1944, assigned to the group on September 23, 1944.