By Michael D Hill
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that provides the B-24 Liberators utilized by the fifteenth Air strength in international struggle 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 airplane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the airplane obtained its nickname, variety of missions, unique airplane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the plane. the amount might be of curiosity to historians, veterans and people who have an interest within the B-24s that flew within the flak crammed skies of the 3rd Reich.
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Additional info for B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force-49th Bomb Wing in World War II
Post war records show that only one crewman, Sgt Alfonso Duran, was killed in action (MACR #3173). 42-7759 LITTLE BUTCH (727th) An original group aircraft flown overseas by Clarence Roach's Crew #71. Hubert Anderson was flying his first mission. Veteran Peter Massare was in the other seat on May 17, 1944. During take off the airspeed had just reached 90 mph when the left main tire blew. The aircraft skidded to a halt, and the crew escaped with two serious injuries. The aircraft did not catch fire and was salvaged for parts.
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. Russell and crew (MACR #6373). 42-94871 (724th) This 486th Bomb Group Liberator was transferred from the 8th AF to the 451st on February 14, 1945.
42-51654 (725th) MICKEY FINNI Aradar Mickey Ship, she departed the USA on September 24, 1944. Assigned to the group on October 10, 1944, to replace 44-41060. Transferred on December 9, 1944, returning to the group on January 7,1945. Returned to the USA on June 7, 1945. 42-51661 (725th) Left the USA on August 17, 1944. Assigned to the group on September 20, 1944, to replace 41-29256. Lost on a non-operational accident on October 14, 1944. Sixteen men were killed when the aircraft crashed into a hillside near Rochetta, Italy.