By Michael D Hill
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that offers the B-24 Liberators utilized by the fifteenth Air strength in international battle 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 plane acquired its nickname, variety of missions, unique airplane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the airplane. 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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Extra info for B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force-49th Bomb Wing in World War II
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. Listed MIA on October 13, 1944, after Mission #134 to Vienna with Kenneth Elliott's crew (MACR #9048). 42-78683 (725th #47) Left the USA for Italy on September 16,1944, to replace 42-78595. Listed MIA a month later on October 16,1944, after Mission #136 to Linz with the crew of Albert Johnson (MACR #9199).
Returned to the group on February 4, 1945. Returned to the USA after the war on June 13, 1945. 44-41056 WEESIE (42-KAY) 44-41056 WEESIE aka 42-KAY (727th #17) Left the USA on July 21, 1944, and assigned to the group on August 6, 1944. Named after the wife of 727th Commander Kendle Young, whom he called WEESIE. Later renamed 42-KAY by new Squadron Commander John Hoppock after a combination of his pilot class and wife. 42-KAY was hit by flak several times coming off the target on Mission #134 to Vienna on October 13, 1944.
Sustained major flak damage on January 4, 1945, sent to repair depot and returned to service on February 2, 1945. 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.
B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force-49th Bomb Wing in World War II by Michael D Hill