By Mike Hill, John R. Beitling
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 plane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the airplane got its nickname, variety of missions, unique plane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the airplane. the amount can 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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For repairs, returning to service on September 5, 1944. Battle damaged again on February 14, 1945, she was repaired and returned to combat service on February 23,1945. She was declared surplus and salvaged on August 6, 1945. 42-78471 FERTILE MYRTLE (724th #24) Left the USA on July 8, 1944, arriving at the group on July 15, 1944. Listed MIA on Mission #109 to Markersdorf, Austria, August 23, 1944. Attacked by Fw-190s during the bomb run. Cornelious Donoghue pulled FERTILE MYRTLE away from the formation; it was last observed left wing down falling towards the ground.
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.
42-5 I 680 WACO WENCH (SURE THING) 33 B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force/49 th Bomb Wing 42-51747 #32 42-51679 (726th) Departed the USA on August 12,1944. Arrived on August 28, 1944, replacing 41-29580. Crashed on take off on September 3, 1944. The crew managed to escape as the ship caught fire off the end of the runway. The fire crews arrived and tried to fight the fire. The aircraft blew up about an hour later. 42-51680 WACO WENCH aka SURE THING (727th #11) Departed the USA on August 16, 1944, and was originally assigned to the 726th Bomb Squadron.