By Michael D Hill
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that provides 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 in regards to the person plane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the plane acquired its nickname, variety of missions, unique airplane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the plane. the quantity could be of curiosity to historians, veterans and people who have an interest within the B-24s that flew within the flak stuffed 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
42-52044 (727th #14) Left the USA on September 25, 1944. Assigned to the group on October 16, 1944, to replace 44-41152. Made emergency crashlanding at Bari on January 8,1945, returning to the 451st on January 26,1945. Returned to the USA on June 26, 1944. 42-52054 KNOCKERS UP 37 B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force/49 th Bomb Wing 42-52045 (726th #36) Left the USA on September 23, 1944. Assigned to the 451st on October 16th to replace 41-28955. Made an emergency landing on an island off Yugoslavia on November 7, 1944, and listed as MIA (MACR 9713).
Transferred to the 725th Bomb Squadron, and later sent to the 449th Bomb Group. She was lost with that group on Apli14, 1944. 42-52165 SLICK CHICK (725th) Departed the USA on December 2, 1943, with Frank Hamer's Crew #32. Transferred to the 449th Bomb Group shortly after arrival in the MTO. Lost with that group on April 23, 1944. 42-52167 WEE WILLIE (725th ) Assigned to the group at Fairmont, Nebraska, she left the USA on December 2, 1943. Her original Crew #31 was under the command of Nicholas Zender.
Her Crew Chief was Philip Beckwith. 42-78274 COCKY CREW 53 B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force/49 th Bomb Wing 42-78276 AMERICAN MAID -- 42-78276 AMERICAN MAID (724th #32 & #70) Left the USA on May 1, 1944. Assigned to the group in August 1944 to replace 42-51970. Made emergency landing at Vis on October 17, 1944, returning from Mission 3137 to Vienna. Returned to the group on ovember 6, 1944. She survived the war and returned to the USA on June 5, 1945. 42-78411 THE FLYING WOLF (727th #17) Left the USA for Italy on September 20, 1944.
B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force-49th Bomb Wing in World War II by Michael D Hill