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453rd Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Aircraft:B-24
Group Emblem:
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Wing:2nd Combat Bombardment Wing
Division:2nd Bombardment Division
Airfield(s)
Squadrons:732nd Bombardment Squadron
733rd Bombardment Squadron
734th Bombardment Squadron
735th Bombardment Squadron
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Details:Trained with B-17's. Moved to England, Dec 1943-Jan 1944, and assigned to Eighth AF.

Began combat on 5 Feb 1944 with an attack against an airfield at Tours. Throughout combat, served chiefly as a strategic bombardment organization. Targets included a fuel depot at Dulmen, marshalling yards at Paderborn, aircraft assembly plants at Gotha, railroad centers at Hamm, an ordnance depot at Glinde, oil refineries at Gelsenkirchen, chemical works at Leverkusen, an airfield at Neumunster, a canal at Minden, and a railroad viaduct at Altenbeken.

Took part in the concentrated attack against the German aircraft industry during Big Week, 20-25 Feb 1944. Besides strategic operations, engaged in support and interdictory missions. Bombed V-weapon sites, airfields, and gun batteries in France prior to the invasion of Normandy in Jun 1944; on 6 Jun hit shore installations between Le Havre and Cherbourg and other enemy positions farther inland. Attacked enemy troops in support of the Allied breakthrough at St Lo in Jul. Bombed German communications during the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 1944-Jan 1945.

Ferried cargo on two occasions: hauled gasoline, blankets, and rations to France in Sep 1944; dropped ammunition, focal, and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne assault across the Rhine in Mar 1945. Flew last combat mission in Apr. Returned to the US in May. Inactivated on 12 Sep 1945.

    Commanders:
  • Col Joseph A Miller, 29 Jun 1943
  • Col Ramsay D Potts Jr, 19 Mar 1944
  • Col Lawrence M Thomas, 7 Jul 1944

Air Force Combat Units of World War II, Maurer, Maurer: USAF, 1986

Accident Reports:Number of Non-Combat-Related Accident reports for this group: 38

Missions

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#DATENAMETARGETSA/C LOST
1February 05, 19448AF 210Airfields in France
2February 06, 19448AF 212Airfields in France
3February 10, 19448AF 216Brunswick industrial area
4February 11, 19448AF 218Siracourt V-weapons site; Frankfurt area marshaling yards
5February 13, 19448AF 221Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
6February 15, 19448AF 223St. Pol / Siracourt V-weapons sites
7February 20, 19448AF 226Tutow and Rostock airfields; Aviation industry in Germany1
8February 21, 1944B228Airfields in Germany
9February 22, 19448AF 230Aviation targets in Germany1
10February 24, 19448AF 233Schweinfurt industrial area
11February 25, 19448AF 235Aviation targets in Germany1
12March 03, 19448AF 246Wilhelmshaven, Germany port area
13March 05, 19448AF 248Airfields in France
14March 06, 19448AF 250Berlin industrial areas4
15March 08, 19448AF 252Berlin industrial areas1
16March 09, 19448AF 253Berlin industrial areas
17March 13, 19448AF 257Poix airfield in France
18March 15, 19448AF 259Brunswick industrial area
19March 16, 19448AF 262Augsburg, Germany and T/Os
20March 18, 19448AF 264Aviation targets in Germany1
21March 20, 19448AF 269Frankfurt industrial area
22March 22, 19448AF 273Berlin aviation industry areas
23March 23, 19448AF 275Brunswick aviation targets1
24March 24, 19448AF 277German industrial area and French airfields
25March 26, 19448AF 280Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
26March 27, 19448AF 282Airfields in SW France1
27April 01, 19448AF 287Ludwigshafen chemical industry
28April 08, 19448AF 291Aviation targets in Germany7
29April 09, 19448AF 293Aviation targets in Germany2
30April 10, 19448AF 295Airfields in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany
31April 11, 19448AF 298Aviation targets in Germany
32April 12, 19448AF 300Schweinfurt industrial area
33April 13, 19448AF 301Schweinfurt industrial area1
34April 18, 19448AF 306Aviation targets in Germany
35April 19, 19448AF 308Aviation targets in Germany
36April 20, 19448AF 309V-weapon sites in France
37April 22, 19448AF 311Hamm, Germany marshaling yards1
38April 24, 19448AF 315Aviation targets in Germany
39April 25, 19448AF 317Marshaling yards in Germany and airfields in France2
40April 26, 19448AF 319Brunswick industrial area and Cologne
41April 27, 19448AF 323Marshaling yards and airfields in France
42April 27, 19448AF 322Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
43April 29, 19448AF 327Berlin city area2
44April 30, 19448AF 329Airfields in France; V-weapons in France
45May 01, 19448AF 332V-weapon sites in France (CROSSBOW)
46May 01, 19448AF 333Marshaling yards in France
47May 02, 19448AF 335V-weapons sites in the Pas-de-Calais area of France
48May 06, 19448AF 340Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
49May 07, 19448AF 342Berlin targets of opportunity, Munster and Osnabruck industrial areas
50May 08, 19448AF 344Targets in Germany8
51May 09, 19448AF 347Marshaling yards and airfields in France, Belgium and Luxembourg1
52May 11, 19448AF 350Marshaling yards and airfields in France
53May 12, 19448AF 353German oil industry targets
54May 13, 19448AF 355Oil production facilities in Germany and Czechoslovakia
55May 15, 19448AF 356Marquise V-weapons site
56May 19, 19448AF 358Targets in Germany: Factories and Wilhelm-Strasse Railroad Station
57May 20, 19448AF 359Airfields in France
58May 22, 19448AF 361Kiel port and Siracourt V-weapons site
59May 23, 19448AF 364Airfields and rail targets in France
60May 24, 19448AF 367Airfields in France and Financial District, Admiralty, War Offices in Berlin area
61May 25, 19448AF 370Airfields, rail targets and coastal batteries in France
62May 27, 19448AF 373Rail targets in Germany and France
63May 28, 19448AF 376Oil production facilities in Germany
64May 29, 19448AF 379Aviation and oil targets in Germany
65May 30, 19448AF 380Industry in Germany, rail targets in France and Belgium
66May 31, 19448AF 382Aviation and rail targets in Germany; rail targets in France and Belgium
67June 02, 19448AF 384, 385V-weapons sites, airfields and rail targets in France
68June 03, 19448AF 388Pas de Calais defenses
69June 04, 19448AF 391Rail bridges and airfields in Paris area
70June 06, 19448AF 394Coastal targets in invasion area
71June 07, 19448AF 397, 398Tactical targets in NW France
72June 08, 19448AF 400Rail targets and airfields in France
73June 10, 19448AF 403Tactical targets in France, airfields and chokepoints
74June 11, 19448AF 405Airfields and rail targets in Paris, Brittany and Loire valley
75June 12, 19448AF 407Airfields and bridges in France
76June 13, 19448AF 410Airfields in France
77June 14, 19448AF 412Airfields in France and the low countries; supply sites in France
78June 15, 19448AF 414Airfields and rail targets in France; Oil targets in Germany
79June 18, 19448AF 421Oil targets in Germany
80June 19, 19448AF 424Pas-de-Calais V-Weapons sites
81June 20, 19448AF 425Oil and industrial targets in Germany, V-weapons sites in France1
82June 21, 19448AF 428Oil production facilities in Germany; first Shuttle mission to USSR (Operation FRANTIC)1
83June 23, 19448AF 435 and 436Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites; rail and airfield targets in NW France1
84June 24, 19448AF 439Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites; rail and airfield targets in NW France
85June 25, 19448AF 441, 442Airfields and electric power installtions in France
86June 28, 1944VIII 445Airfields, supply dumps, bridges in Paris area; Saarbrucken rail targets
87June 29, 19448AF 447Strategic targets in Leipzig area
88July 02, 19448AF 450Pas-de-Calais V-weapons sites
89July 06, 19448AF 455V-weapon sites in France; Kiel shipyards
90July 07, 19448AF 458Oil, bearing and aircraft plants in Germany1
91July 11, 19448AF 466Munich and southern Germany1
92July 12, 19448AF 469Munich and southern Germany1
93July 13, 19448AF 471Munich and southern Germany
94July 16, 19448AF 476Munich area
95July 17, 19448AF 478 and 479Tactical targets in France; V-weapons sites in Pas-de-Calais
96July 18, 19448AF 481Tactical targets in France; Kiel oil targets; Peenemunde area
97July 19, 19448AF 482Industrial targets in W and SW Germany
98July 20, 19448AF 484Oil and industrial targets in W Germany
99July 21, 19448AF 486Aircraft industry, airfields and ball-bearing plants in SW Germany2
100July 24, 19448AF 492Tactical support for Operation COBRA
101July 25, 19448AF 494Tactical support for Operation COBRA
102July 28, 19448AF 501Targets in Belgium, France and Germany
103July 29, 19448AF 503Oil targets in Germany and airfields in France
104July 31, 19448AF 507Targets in Germany and airfields in France
105August 01, 19448AF 508Airfields, bridges, tactical targets in France1
106August 02, 19448AF 510, 511Tactical targets in France
107August 03, 19448AF 512, 513Rail targets on Franco-German border, fuel dups and bridges near Paris, Brussels
108August 04, 19448AF 516GH attack V-weapon sites and coastal batteries
109August 04, 19448AF 514Oil refineries, aircraft factories
110August 05, 19448AF 519, 520, 521Strategic targets in Germany, V-weapons site, GH test
111August 06, 19448AF 524Refineries and factories in Germany; Noball targets in France
112August 08, 19448AF 530, 8AF 531Airfields and Noball targets in France
113August 11, 19448AF 541, 542, 543Rail, fuel, troops in Brest peninsula1
114August 13, 19448AF 548, 549, 550Support of Ground troops near Le Havre; transportation around Paris
115August 14, 19448AF 552Airfield, rail in France; aviation and oil plants in Germany
116August 15, 19448AF 554Airfields in Germany and the Low Countries
117August 16, 19448AF 556Oil refineries and aircraft plants in Germany1
118August 18, 19448AF 561, 562Bridges, Airfields, Fuel Dumps and an Aircraft Engine Factory in France and Belgium
119August 24, 19448AF 568Strategic targets in Germany
120August 25, 19448AF 570Aircraft component plants1
121August 30, 19448AF 590 & 8AF 591590: V-1 launching sites; 591: Kiel and Bremen
122September 05, 19448AF 605, 8AF 606605: Aviation and oil industry in SE Germany. 606: enemy positions nr. Brest
123September 08, 19448AF 611Industry in Mainz and Ludwigshafen1
124September 09, 19448AF 613, 8AF 614613: container drop to French Resistance in Southern France; 614: targets in western Germany
125September 10, 19448AF 619, 8AF 620Targets in Stuttgart area
126September 11, 19448AF 623Attacks on synthetic oil plants and refinery
127September 21, 19448AF 44Targets in western Germany
128September 22, 19448AF 645Vehicle factories in Kassel, Germany
129September 25, 19448AF 647Rail targets in western Germany and oil plant at Ludwigshafen
130September 26, 19448AF 648Rail targets and vehicle factories in western Germany
131September 27, 19448AF 650Industry and transportation targets in western Germany
132September 30, 19448AF 655Rail and aviation targets in western Germany
133October 02, 19448AF 658; 8AF 659Industrial targets in Cologne and Kassel; Hamm marshaling yard1
134October 03, 19448AF 662Airfields and industrial targets in Germany
135October 05, 19448AF 665Industry, airfields and railways in Germany
136October 06, 19448AF 667Industry in northern Germany
137October 09, 19448AF 670Industrial targets in south and central Germany
138October 12, 19448AF 674Airfield and marshalling yard
139October 14, 19448AF 676, 8AF 677Rail targets in Germany
140October 15, 19448AF 678Industrial, oil and rail targets in Cologne, Germany area
141October 17, 19448AF 681Targets in Cologne area
142October 18, 19448AF 682Attacks on Kassel, Cologne, Leverkusen
143October 19, 19448AF 683Industrial targets in Mannheim and Mainz1
144October 25, 19448AF 688Oil and industry in western Germany
145October 26, 19448AF 689Industry and comm targets in western Germany
146October 30, 19448AF 693Oil industry in Germany
147November 01, 19448AF 696Oil installations and a rail bridge
148November 02, 19448AF 698Oil and rail targets in Central Germany1
149November 04, 19448AF 700Oil installations in western Germany
150November 05, 19448AF 702Marshalling yards in western Germany
151November 06, 19448AF 704Oil installations in western Germany
152November 08, 19448AF 705Oil and rail targets in Germany
153November 09, 19448AF 707Tactical targets in Metz and Thionville areas
154November 10, 19448AF 709Airfield in western Germany
155November 21, 19448AF 720Oil industry in Germany1
156November 25, 19448AF 723Synthetic oil installation at Merseburg and Bingen rail yard
157November 26, 19448AF 725Rail and oil installation in western Germany
158November 29, 19448AF 729Rail and oil targets Germany
159November 30, 19448AF 731Rail and oil targets Germany
160December 04, 19448AF 736Rail targets in Germany
161December 06, 19448AF 741Oil and rail targets in Germany
162December 10, 19448AF 745Rail targets in Germany
163December 11, 19448AF 746Rail targets and bridge in western Germany
164December 12, 19448AF 748Oil and rail targets in Germany
165December 23, 19448AF 757Rail and communication centers behind battle lines in Ardennes
166December 24, 19448AF 759, 760Airfields and communications center in Gemany (760) and French U-boat coastal batteries (759)
167December 28, 19448AF 766Rail and road bridges in western Germany
168December 29, 19448AF 769Communications targets in western Germany
169December 30, 19448AF 770Rail and communications targets in western Germany
170December 31, 19448AF 772Strategic targets and comm centers along German supply lines
171January 01, 19458AF 774Oil and rail targets in western Germany
172January 02, 19458AF 776Communications and tactical targets in western Germany
173January 03, 19458AF 778Rail and communications targets in western Germany
174January 05, 19458AF 781Rail targets and airfield in central Germany
175January 07, 19458AF 785Comm centers, rail targets, bridges and oil depots in western Germany
176January 10, 19458AF 789Airfields, rail targets and bridges in Germany
177January 13, 19458AF 791Marshalling yards and Rhine rail bridges
178January 14, 19458AF 792Oil facilities in central Germany and highway bridges at Cologne
179January 15, 19458AF 794Marshalling yards in Germany
180January 16, 19458AF 796Oil and industrial targets in Germany
181January 21, 19458AF 803Industry and rail targets in central Germany
182January 28, 19458AF 809Marshalling yards, bridges and benzol plant at Dortmund
183January 29, 19458AF 811Industrial plants at Kassel and rail targets in central Germany
184January 31, 19458AF 813Aborted due to weather
185February 03, 19458AF 817Major attack on Berlin and Madgeburg oil industry
186February 06, 19458AF 821Oil targets in Germany
187February 09, 19458AF 824Oil targets in Germany1
188February 11, 19458AF 827Dulmen oil depot
189February 14, 19458AF 830Oil and rail targets in Germany
190February 15, 19458AF 832Oil plants at Magdeburg and rail targets in Germany
191February 16, 19458AF 833Oil plants and marshaling yards in central Gemany
192February 19, 19458AF 835Oil, industry and rail targets
193February 21, 19458AF 839Rail targets in Nuremburg
194February 22, 19458AF 841Operation Clarion: major attack on German rail and road targets
195February 23, 19458AF 843Second day of Clarion mission
196February 24, 19458AF 845Oil refineries and rail targets
197February 25, 19458AF 847Tank factories; jet airfields; oil depots
198February 26, 19458AF 849Attacks on targets in Berlin
199February 27, 19458AF 851Road and rail targets in Halle and Leipzig
200February 28, 19458AF 854Rail targets in Germany
201March 01, 19458AF 857Marshalling yards in central and southern Germany
202March 02, 19458AF 859Synthetic oil plants and tank works
203March 03, 19458AF 861Oil refineries in Germany
204March 04, 19458AF 863Jet airfields and industrial targets
205March 05, 19458AF 865Synthetic oil plants
206March 07, 19458AF 869Oil and communication targets
207March 08, 19458AF 872Synthetic oil plants and rail targets
208March 09, 19458AF 875Rail marshaling yards and industrial sites
209March 10, 19458AF 877Rail targets
210March 11, 19458AF 881U-boat yards and oil installations in northern Germany
211March 12, 19458AF 883Marshalling yards
212March 15, 19458AF 889German Army HQ and rail targets
213March 17, 19458AF 892Oil, industrial and rail targets
214March 18, 19458AF 894Rail and tank plants in Berlin area
215March 19, 19458AF 896Industry, rail and airfield targets in Germany
216March 20, 19458AF 898Hamburg area targets
217March 21, 19458AF 901, 902, 903, 904Jet fighter bases
218March 22, 19458AF 906Attacks on barracks, camps and airfields
219March 23, 19458AF 908Rail targets in west and central Germany
220March 24, 19458AF 911Operations in support of Operation VARSITY - crossing of the Rhine
221March 25, 19458AF 913Oil plants
222March 31, 19458AF 920Synthetic oil plants, munition and vehicles factories1
223April 04, 19458AF 926Airfields in Germany
224April 05, 19458AF 928Ordnance depots, marshalling yards and airfields
225April 06, 19458AF 930Leipzig area
226April 07, 19458AF 931Ordnance depots, marshalling yards and airfields
227April 08, 19458AF 932Ordnance depots, marshalling yards and airfields
228April 09, 19458AF 935Oil depot, ammunition plant and jet airfields
229April 10, 19458AF 938Jet airfields and army base near Berlin1
TOTAL AIRCRAFT LOST:55

Non-Combat Related Accidents

#DATEREPORT
11944-01-14Aircraft: B-24 (#41-28610).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Penn, William W Jr.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Eknes Fld, Dakar French Morocco.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 2
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
21944-01-19Aircraft: B-24H (#42-64484).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Swigert, Robert R.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
31944-02-02Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52196).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Banks, John W.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
41944-02-03Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28641).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Turner, John R.
Notes: missing in service [often a macr].
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
51944-02-06Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52178).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Voskian, Alfred A.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
61944-02-10Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29254).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Bickerstaff, Robert B.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
71944-02-12Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52296).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Campbell, Frederick (NMI).
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
81944-02-23Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52182).
Organization: 735FS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Adams, William B.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
91944-03-02Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28642).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Cripe, Hubert P.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
101944-04-27Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28745).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: .
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 1
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
111944-05-11Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29447).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Nowalis, Harrison V.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
121944-05-30Aircraft: B-24H (#41-29257).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Halesworth, Suffolk.
Pilot: Fleckenstein, A J.
Notes: mechanical failure due to engine fire.
Location: Halesworth, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
131944-05-30Aircraft: B-24H (#41-28645).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Earl, Wilbur L.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 5
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
141944-08-24Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52154).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Sears, Ray L.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bovindon, Hertfordshire England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
151944-09-17Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50426).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Lorenzo, Donald W.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
161944-09-25Aircraft: B-24J (#42-110149).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Dempewolf, Mahlon F.
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: RAF Manston #9 England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
171944-09-26Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95276).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Adams, Cyrus P O.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
181944-11-05Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50301).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Barre, Arthur D.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Bungay, Suffolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
191944-11-21Aircraft: B-24H (#42-52154).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: McArdle, John C.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
201944-11-26Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51503).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Conrad, Ray H.
Notes: killed in crashed on take off.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
211944-12-17Aircraft: B-24J (#42-110149).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Blake, Thomas F.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
221944-12-18Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50568).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Foster, Johnnye U.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
231944-12-27Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50898).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Brown, Roscoe C.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
241944-12-28Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51361).
Organization: 733BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Mitchell, Elmer R.
Notes: killed in a crash.
Location: Shrawardine Farm England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
251945-01-01Aircraft: B-24J (#42-51865).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Judd, Alan C.
Notes: killed in a take off accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
261945-01-08Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50510).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Cullen, Walter J.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Wretham Hockam Station England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
271945-01-10Aircraft: B-24H (#42-50296).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Baldwin, Donald C.
Notes: bail out.
Location: Rushford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
281945-01-21Aircraft: B-24H (#42-95076).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Baldwin, Donald C.
Notes: forced landing.
Location: ALG Ashford England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
291945-01-29Aircraft: B-24J (#44-40072).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Mortenson, Victor A.
Notes: landing accident.
Location: Tibenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
301945-01-31Aircraft: B-24H (#42-51102).
Organization: 732BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Litman, Jack (NMI).
Notes: take off accident.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
311945-02-06Aircraft: B-24J (#44-10515).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Flatt, Roy F.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Crown Fm, Hingham England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
321945-02-06Aircraft: B-24J (#42-94766).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Matecko, George (NMI).
Notes: mid air collision.
Location: England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
331945-02-09Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50703).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Rollins, Robert Q.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
341945-02-09Aircraft: B-24J (#42-95102).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Glass.
Notes: killed in mid air collision.
Location: England .
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
351945-02-23Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50715).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Slone, Harrison Y.
Notes: crash landing.
Location: Old Buckenham/ 1 1/4mi SE England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
361945-02-25Aircraft: B-24H (#42-94820).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: [parked aircraft].
Notes: ground accident fire.
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
371945-03-04Aircraft: B-24J (#42-50474).
Organization: 735BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Ross, John G.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Melun/A-55 France.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/
381945-04-01Aircraft: B-24J (#44-10577).
Organization: 734BS / 453BG of Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
Pilot: Lofton, William E.
Notes: killed in crash due to engine failure.
Location: Saxlingham/ nr England.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4
source: Aviation Archaeology http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/

Aircraft

  • These are aircraft that were in this group at one time
  • List is in serial number order
  • Aircraft may be listed more than once if there are notes from multiple sources.
MODELSERIAL #A/C NAMEGROUPSQUADRONAC CODEMACR REPORT #
B-24D-1 CO41-23738WHAM BAM453BG 732BSJ
ex 44th BG under 2BD Operations Order dated 29 Jan 44, originally 93rd BG. Assembly ship. Damaged on the ground on 1 Jan 45 by 42-51865 which crashed on take off. 467th Sub-Depot installed demand oxygen system 13 & 14 Feb 45. Salvaged war weary 11 May 45 by 3 SAD, Neaton (Watton) - uneconomical to repair. (Entry appears on 3 SAD Field Engineering salvage list for 445th BG indicating that the aircraft may have been transferred to that Group)
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28591INSPECTOR'S SQUAWKS453BG 735BSN5933
Lost Jun 21, 1944. MACR 5933
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28591INSPECTOR'S SQUAWKS453BG 735BSN5933
Original airplane. Transferred from 732nd to 735th Sqn on 19 Mar 44. Lost 21 Jun 44 - went down near Müggelsdorf near Berlin, after being separated from the formation and attacked by four Ju 88s. (Nordban, near Berlin) MACR 5933
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-1 DT41-28610CURLY453BG 733BSG+
Original airplane (pesky # 463). Taxiing accident Dakar 14 Jan 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from X to X+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44 and from X+ probably to G+ between 19 Sep & 12 Dec 44. On 25 Aug 44 afternoon mission to La Louvière, Belgium, flak over the Zuider Zee on the way in caused the loss of #3 and #4 engines and damage in the bomb bay where a gas line was severed and the doors had to be kicked free by crew members. The aircraft left the formation, salvoed bombs and was escorted back to Old Buckenham by a P-47. It landed with no brakes or flaps and was believed by the crew to have been damaged beyond repair. However, it was repaired and is recorded on missions as X+ on 9, 10, 11 & 13 Sep 44. Last trace on formation plans: 24 Dec 44. 467th Sub-Depot changed superchargers from manual to electric 14 - 20 Feb 45. Transferred to 491st BG.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-1 DT41-28613MAID OF FURY453BG 732BSW+
Original airplane. Individual aircraft letter changed from W to W+ between 8 & 16 Jul 44. Transferred from 733rd to 732nd BS between 4 & 6 Aug 44. Nose wheel collapsed 15 Mar 44 on landing at Old Buckenham (on return from mission to Brunswick?) but the airplane was repaired. Last trace in 453rd BG: 16 Aug 44. Salvaged war weary 29 May 45 by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28615GINNIE453BG 733BST2895
Lost Feb 22, 1944, North Sea. MACR 2895
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28615GINNIE453BG 733BST2895
Original airplane. Lost 22 Feb 44 flying with 44th BG - hit by enemy aircraft, it went down hit water and exploded in the North Sea. (Mission to Gotha recalled when 100 miles inland - targets of opportunity sought but strong winds caused the formation to drift over the Netherlands where some aircraft bombed Enschede, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Deventer unintentionally) MACR 2895
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28619BEGIN THE BEGUINE453BG 732BSJ6232
Shot down Jun 23, 1944. MACR 6232
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28619BEGIN THE BEGUINE453BG 732BSJ6232
Original airplane. Individual aircraft letter changed from M to J between 26 Feb & 5 Mar 44 or was always J from first mission on 22 Feb 44? The name is shown as BEGIN THE BEGUINE in a communication dated 26 Mar 44 from 453rd BG HQ to 2nd Bomb Division in accordance with 2BD instruction 45-1. Lost 23 Jun 44 - shot down by flak on the way home and crashed at Souburg, near Vlissingen, Walcheren, Netherlands, (Juvincourt, France) MACR 6232
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-15 FO41-28627HER MAN453BG 733BSY+
Original airplane. Badly damaged on 8 May 44 mission to Brunswick - see photos at the Ken Nellis 453rd BG Web site of the McCrocklin crew inspecting the damage. Individual aircraft letter changed from Y to Y+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Last trace: 13 Sep 44.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28629BLONDES AWAY453BG 733BSP3834
Landed at Dubendorf, Switzerland Apr 13, 1944 and interned. MACR 3834.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-1-DT Liberator41-28629BLONDES AWAY453BG 733BSP3834
Original airplane. Name supplied by Jonathan Smith at Hethel who had received an enquiry from the son of a deceased 2 AD man who also has some photographs of the airplane showing in particular the Project No. 92311. (Confirmed by photo on page 229 of "In Search of Peace") Lost 13 Apr 44 - landed at Dübendorf, Zürich canton, SWITZERLAND. (Oberpfaffenhofen) MACR 3834
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-1 DT41-28631QUEENIE / WITCHCRAFT II453BG 735BSQ
Original airplane. Douglas Tulsa line number: 223 Individual aircraft letter changed from Q+ to Q- between 20 Apr & 6 Jun 44 and from Q- to Q between 8 & 16 Jul 44. Very badly damaged in tail section on 20 Apr 44 mission. Direct burst made it necessary to change whole tail assembly. Tail gunner killed. Last trace with 453rd BG: 11 Nov 44 on a practice mission (Pilot: Schauerman). Exhibited as WITCHCRAFT II under the Eiffel Tower in Paris after the war, the new name being a tribute to WITCHCRAFT of 467th BG.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28641CEE GEE453BG 735BS2968
Force-landed at Luftwaffe airfield in France Feb 4, 1944. MACR 2968. Repaired and flown by KG200 as A3+KB. Recaptured at Salsburg, Austria in May 1945.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28641CEE GEE453BG 735BS2968
Original airplane. Call letter may have been O or W+. Lost 4 Feb 44 - took off from Old Buckenham with a 732nd BS crew on a training mission, made a turn to the left climbing on a heading of 80° through the overcast and after breaking out on top at 6500 ft, never joined the formation but continued in an easterly direction. Was captured by the Germans, had its under- surfaces painted yellow, was flown by the Luftwaffe with German markings (A3? + KB), particularly to fly supplies to the Island of Rhodes, and was re-taken later by the advancing US Forces at Salzburg Airport, Austria, where it had had a nose wheel collapse (see photo on page 27 of 2 ADA Journal, Vol.39, No.1 (Spring 2000). May have landed at Eger, Czechoslovakia. See coloured photo on page 121 of "Bombardiers Lourds de la Dernière Guerre" par Mister Kit & J.-P. De Cock (serial erroneously quoted as 42-8641). See also page 109 of "In Search of Peace". MACR 2968
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28642LIBBY RAIDER453BG 734BSH+
Crash-landed at Old Buckenham Mar 2, 1944. Salvaged after being declared beyond economical repair.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28642LIBBY RAIDER453BG 734BSH+
Original airplane (pesky # 668). Crash landed 2 Mar 44 at Old Buckenham - salvaged 3 - 5 Mar 44 – left landing gear and aux spar pulled out.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-5 DT41-28644YANKEE DOLL453BG 734BSI+
Original airplane. Crash landed 22 Apr 44 at Tibenham on return after being damaged by Me 410 intruders which infiltrated the formation on that evening. (Hamm) Salvaged 23 - 26 Apr 44 - right gear collapsed, severe battle damage.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28645THE GOLDEN GABOON453BG 733BSU
Original airplane. Repaired at Staplehurst, Kent, 4 - 20 Apr 44 - # 4 engine. Crash landed and burned 30 May 44 at Old Buckenham, after returning severely battle damaged and being caught in the slipstream of the preceding plane. (Oldenburg) Salvaged 30 & 31 May 44.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28649LITTLE BRYAN453BG 733BSZ3552
Lost Mar 18, 1944. MACR 3552.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28649LITTLE BRYAN453BG 733BSZ3552
Original airplane. Lost 18 Mar 44 - left the formation with one engine out and another one smoking at 1324 hours, 48°20'N 05°50'E, over France near Chaumont, on the way to the target with Col Joseph A Miller, Group Commanding Officer, on board and was last observed heading south toward Switzerland. Went down at Saint-Marcel, France. (Friedrichshafen) MACR 3552
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28650ROOSTER453BG 732BSA3929
Lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3929
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-5-DT Liberator41-28650ROOSTER453BG 732BSA3929
Original airplane. No shark nose on 27 Mar 44 photo. Lost 8 Apr 44 - shot down by a Me 109 and crashed about 90 miles north-east of Brunswick, near Brueck or Lüneburg. (Brunswick) MACR 3929
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-5 DT41-28654CONSOLIDATED MESS453BG 732BSF
Original airplane. Named CONSOLIDATED MESS on the starboard side. Also said to have been named SPARE PARTS. According to a report dated 22 Feb 44 to 2nd Bomb Div. this plane had a picture of an Indian Head but no name. First traced with individual aircraft letter F on 3 Mar 44. Original letter unknown. Seriously damaged on the 6 Mar 44 mission to Berlin-Genshagen but was repaired. Last trace with 453rd BG: 20 Jun 44. Said to have been salvaged by 4 SAD on 24 Jun 44 but it was subsequently assigned to secret operations and was shot down by "friendly" fire over Murmansk in Sep 44 (see also 42-52196)
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-10-DT Liberator41-28745n/a453BG 733BSP4590
Lost May 8, 1944. MACR 4590
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-10-DT Liberator41-28745n/a453BG 733BSP4590
ex 486th BG - flew no missions with that Group. Received by 453rd BG between 13 & 27 Apr 44. Taxiing accident 27 Apr 44 at Old Buckenham (first trace with 453rd BG) Lost 8 May 44 - went down 2 km west of Salzdahlum, 4.5 km north-north-east of Wolfenbüttel, near Punkt. (Brunswick) MACR 4590
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-20 DT41-28943DUMBO / THE PISTOL PACKIN PACH453BG 732BSL
First trace: 22 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from Q+ to L between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th to 732nd BS on 1 Apr 45. Landed at Brussels on 27 Sep 44 mission to Kassel - next mission: 21 Jan 45. According to 735th BS mission record, it flew 75 missions and had only one abort with that Squadron. NOTE: The olive drab panel on top of the nose to avoid glare from the natural metal finish was extended to the nose turret housing instead of tapering-off to the astrodome as was the case with other B-24H & J DTs. Last trace with 453rd BG: 7 Apr 45. Transferred to 491st BG (it is assumed this is the airplane entered as '942 in the North Pickenham control tower log on 22 Apr 45).
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H2- DT41-28949OLD DEACON453BG 733BSS+
First trace: 5 Oct 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 20 Mar 45 or earlier. On 21 Mar 45 mission to Essen, took flak damage over the target, lost #4 engine and feathered. #2 turbo waste gate went full closed, so cut back to half power to avoid over-heating and because of the late hour and potential enemy intruders over Old Buckenham, landed at St-Trond, Belgium. After repair returned to Old Buckenham on 23 Mar 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 9 Apr 45. RZI with 466th BG on Operation "Home Run" where it was named DOG PATCH CLIPPER
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-20-DT Liberator41-29005DOLLYS SISTER453BG 734BSI-10406
(453rd BG, 734th BS) interned in Sweden Nov 21, 1944. MACR 10406. NMF
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-20-DT Liberator41-29005DOLLYS SISTER453BG 734BSI-10406
Individual aircraft letter changed from I+ to I- between 13 & 19 May 44. Lost 21 Nov 44 - landed at Bulltofta (Malmö), SWEDEN, having lost an engine over the target. (Hamburg) MACR 10406 Brought back to England on 28 May 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24E-15-CF Liberator41-29032n/a453BG 735BS
29032 (453rd BG, 735th BS) crashed into side of mountain 13 mi S of Dubois, WY while on training mission. All 11 onboard killed.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

B-24H-5 CF41-29210HEAVENLY BODY453BG 733BST+
Original airplane. Individual aircraft letter changed from -X to M between 25 Feb & 6 Mar 44, from M to T between 6 & 18 Mar 44 (shown as I on some documents for 3 Mar 44 mission but this may be an error) and from T to T+ between 8 & 16 Jul 44. Repaired at Hawkinge, Kent, 1 - 20 May 44 - #2 & #4 engines and battle damage on 27 Apr 44 mission to Blainville, France. Last trace in 453rd BG: 17 Sep 44 (truckin' mission) but shown as an Old Buckenham aircraft when flown by a 389th BG crew on a 21 Sep 44 truckin' mission out of Horsham St Faith. RZI. RFC Altus OK 7 Aug 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-5 CF41-29249LONESOME POLECAT453BG 734BSM-
Original airplane (pesky # 512). Individual aircraft letter changed from M+ to M- between 9 & 20 May 44. Last trace: 13 Sep 44. Salvaged war weary 29 May 45 by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-5 CF41-29250OLD BUTCH453BG 735BSY
Original aircraft (pesky # 519). Was named OLD BUTCH or BUTCH. Individual aircraft letter (originally R+ on some documents) changed from Y+ to Y- between 8 May & 6 Jun 44 and from Y- to Y between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Lost 27 Sep 44 - blaze in # 2 engine then one more went out and plane dropped back trying to make Brussels but went down in flames after all ten crew bailed out over front lines. (Kassel) An entry in records on 12 Nov 44 merely states that the plane had gone missing on operations without giving a date.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-5 CF41-29254n/a453BG 734BSO+
Original airplane. Crash landed 10 Feb 44 at Ash Hill Farm, Hilgay, near Southery, on return. (Gilze- Rijen) Salvaged 11 & 12 Feb 44.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24-H-5 CF41-29257NOTRE DAME453BG 734BSL-
Original airplane. Named NOTRE DAME on the starboard side (photo on page 238 of "In Search of Peace" and in Roger Freeman's collection). Individual aircraft letter changed from L+ to L- between 11 & 24 May 44. Crash-landed 30 May 44 at Halesworth with one engine burned out, the fire having broken out over the sea, necessitating the mission to be aborted. Two waist gunners baled out and were rescued safely. (Oldenburg) Salvaged 31 May 44 at Halesworth, Suffolk - severe operational damage.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator41-29259LITTLE MIKE453BG 734BSB-7252
Collided with 42-95171 Jul 21, 1944 and crashed near Darmsheim, Germany. 6 crew KIA, 3 POW. MACR 7252.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator41-29259LITTLE MIKE453BG 734BSB-7252
Original airplane. Transferred from 733rd BS (individual aircraft letter possibly M) to 734th BS (flown to Morrison Field (FL) and thence probably to UK by 2/Lt Patrick D Tobin and his 733rd BS crew). Its first combat mission was in 734th BS on 20 Mar 44. The cause of its non-participation in the Group's first 20 missions is unknown. Individual aircraft letter changed from B+ to B- on 10 May 44. Lost 21 Jul 44 when it collided in mid-air with 42-95171 in the Karlsruhe area. Both aircraft exploded. It is not clear whether the collision occurred before or after the formation was ordered to turn about to bomb Saarbrücken railway yards when it ran up against a towering cloud front. The aircraft crashed near Darmsheim, 12 miles SW of Stuttgart. (Munich) MACR 7252
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-10 CF41-29301VAMPIN VERA453BG 732BSZ
Original airplane. Individual aircraft letter changed from G to R between 9 Jul & 9 Sep 44, from R to S- between 9 & 17 Sep 44 and changed later to Z (war weary). Repaired at East Fortune, East Lothian, Scotland, 14 Jul - 3 Aug 44 – repair nose wheel (last previous mission: 8 Jul 44 which was aborted with #2 feathered). Last trace in 453rd BG: 17 Sep 44 (truckin' mission) but shown as an Old Buckenham aircraft when flown by a 389th BG crew (Burkett) on a 21 Sep 44 truckin' mission out of Attlebridge. Declared war weary. RZI - was at Altus, OK, on 29 Oct 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24H-14 CF41-29447n/a453BG 733BSQ
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #23 dated 2 Apr 44 confirming VOCG 25 Mar 44. First trace: 27 Mar 44. Force landed 11 May 44 at Forncett - ran out of fuel on return. (Chaumont) Salvaged 12 - 14 May 44.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29571n/a453BG 735BSW+3928
Lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3928
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29571n/a453BG 735BSW+3928
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #23 dated 2 Apr 44 confirming VOCG 31 Mar 44 First trace: 31 Mar 44. Lost 8 Apr 44 on only mission - while on the bombing run, enemy fighters shot out the controls and # 4 engine - went down at Uelzen, near Hannover. (Brunswick) MACR 3928
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29595ARCHIBALD453BG 733BSP+
Fuel transfer pumps froze up during Jan 21, 1945 mission to Heilbronn marshaling yards. Crew bailed out and plane crashed at Charleville, 6 mi N of Sexanne, France. Salvaged Jan 28, 1945.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-15-CF Liberator41-29595ARCHIBALD453BG 733BSP+
First trace with 453rd BG: 12 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from S to S+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Abandoned in Ghent, Belgium, on 27 Sep 44 mission to Kassel but returned to 453rd BG and individual aircraft letter changed from S+ to P+ before 26 Nov 44. Abandoned over France on 21 Jan 45 when the crew (9 of whom were reported OK at A-54 - Le Bourget, near Paris, France) failed in attempts to transfer fuel due to frozen pump and crashed at Charleville, about 6 miles north of Sézanne (Marne), France. (Heilbronn) Salvaged battle damaged on the Continent by 5 SAD 28 Jan 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24J-115 CO42-109896GYPSY QUEEN453BG 733BSN+
ex 392nd BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 14 Oct 44. Transferred to 44th BG after 11 Apr 45 but flew no missions with that Group.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24J-125-CO Liberator42-110025n/a453BG 734BSP+4598
Transferred from 735th to 734th BS on 1 May 44. Lost 8 May 44 - collided in mid-air (under fighter attack) with 42-50278 and exploded - went down in a meadow 1 km NE of Tündern, 5 km S of Hameln, and burned out. (Brunswick mission) MACR 4598
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24J-130 CO42-110047HUMPSHOT453BG 732BSX
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #23 dated 2 Apr 44 confirming VOGC 31 Mar 44. First trace: 8 Apr 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from B to Q between 8 & 13 Jul 44 and from Q to X between 19 Sep & 22 Oct 44. 467th Sub-Depot determined fuel leak and changed nose turret 7 - 14 Feb 45. On 7 Apr 45 mission to Düneberg, landed at Woodbridge, Suffolk, where nose gear was repaired 7 - 11 Apr 45. Transferred to 467th BG after 11 Apr 45.
Source: -

Consolidated B-24J-130-CO Liberator42-110076n/a453BG 734BSE+3924
110076 (453rd BG) lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24J-130-CO Liberator42-110076n/a453BG 734BSE+3924
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #23 dated 2 Apr 44 confirming VOGC 30 Mar 44. First trace: 8 Apr 44. Lost 8 Apr 44 on only mission - shot down by enemy fighters at Tylsen, near Salzwedel. (Brunswick) MACR 3924
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24J-130 CO42-110078LIBERTY RUN453BG 734BSP
First trace: 9 Apr 44. Transferred from 734th to 735th BS on 1 May 44. Transferred from 735th to 732nd BS on 1 Apr 45 - call letter unknown. Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order dated 31 Mar 44 confirming VOGC. Named LIBERTY RUN on 24 Dec 44 on the occasion of a Christmas party at Old Buckenham for local children and flew to Paris with gifts for French children. Had previously carried no visible nose art but was known as SHOO SHOO BABY. Fitted with RCM (from 14 Oct 44?) Landed at Brussels, Belgium, on 18 Oct 44 mission to Cologne. Flew through a tree on take-off for 9 Nov 44 mission to Metz, France, - co-pilot did not have hand on the throttles and they slipped - taken to Sub Depot after mission for left flap and vertical stabiliser change. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 4 & 5 Mar 45 – hydraulic system - on return from 3 Mar 45 Magdeburg mission. Last trace: 4 Apr 45 - landed at B-53 (5 SAD Merville, France) ETR Old Buckenham: 8 Apr 45. RZI. Salvaged 24 Sep 45 at Albuquerque NM.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24J-130 CO42-110078LIBERTY RUN453BG 734BSP
Also in 735BS, 732BS
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Consolidated B-24J-130-CO Liberator42-110085FLAK HACK453BG 733BSP+15217
Lost Sep 8, 1944. MACR 15217
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24J-130-CO Liberator42-110085FLAK HACK453BG 733BSP+15217
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #23 dated 2 Apr 44 confirming VOGC 31 Mar 44. First trace: 8 Apr 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from W to P between 22 & 23 May 44 and from P to P+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Lost 8 Sep 44 - ditched in the North Sea, about 70 miles north-east of Scarborough, Yorkshire. (Karlsruhe) MACR 15217
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24J-135 CO42-110089STRICTLY BUSINESS453BG 734BSN-516006
ex 491st BG - first trace in 453rd BG: 6 Jun 44. See also 44-10577 with the same name. Individual aircraft letter changed from E+ to N- between 7 & 12 Jul 44. Lost 11 Aug 44 - ditched 10 miles south east of North Foreland, Kent. (Strasbourg, France) MACR 16006
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B-24J-13542-110100SWEDE, THE MAYTAG453BG 733BSI
First trace: 8 Apr 44. Assignment 31 Mar 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from O to S on 25 Jun 44 (according to formation diagram, retained call letter O on 24 Jun 44 mission although 42-110138 had already taken call letter O while 42-110100 was being repaired after damage on 8 May 44 mission). Again changed from S to I+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Last trace: 28 Feb 45 - landed at Le Bourget (A-54, AAF 385), near Paris, France. RZI - arrived Bradley Field on 17 Jun 45. RFC Altus (OK) 17 Oct 45. Transferred from 733rd to 732nd BS between 16 Jan & 3 Feb 45. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 19 Oct 44 or earlier. Landed on one wheel at Watton on return from the 8 May 44 mission to Brunswick but was repaired - see page 19 of 453rd BGA Newsletter Mar 99. Crashed 3 Mar 45 at Jouy-le-Potier, 15km S of Orleans, France, after crew bailed out near A-50 (Orléans-Bricy, France) - see page 24 of No 2, Vol 7, 453rd BGA Newsletter. (Magdeburg) Salvaged battle damaged 1 Apr 45 by 5 SAD
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B-24J-135 CO42-110138FLYING BULL BUFFALO453BG 733BSO+8424
Probably this is the aircraft said to be named BUFFALO. ex 491st BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 10 Jun 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from O to O+ between 29 Jun & 18 Jul 44. Lost 16 Aug 44 - shot down over the Netherlands on the way home. (Dessau) MACR 8424
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B-24J-140 CO42-110149MARY HARRIET453BG 733BSZ+
ex 491st BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 8 Jun 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from Z to Z+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 9 Feb 45 or earlier. On the 25 Sep 44 mission to Koblenz, after bombs away, the formation lost altitude and began to gain speed for the trip back to England. At this point a B-17 and this aircraft were involved in a mid-air collision in which this aircraft had some 6ft of wing torn away. Landed at Manston, Kent, where it was repaired 25 Sep - 10 Oct 44 - left wing panel, left aileron. Landing accident 17 Dec 44. Last trace with 453rd BG: 6 Apr 45. Assigned to 458th BG on Operation "Home Run".
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Consolidated B-24D-110-CO Liberator42-40887n/a453BG 735BS
40887 (453rd BG, 735th BS ') damaged by AAA during raid on southwestern France Mar 27, 1944 and crashed in Basque country near Bilbao. Air-Britain chat site says that this plane was with 376th BG, 513rd BS and landed in error at Seville, Spain Oct 9, 1943 and was interned.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-20-CF Liberator42-50278n/a453BG 734BSF+4591
Lost May 8, 1944. MACR 4591
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Consolidated B-24H-20-CF Liberator42-50278n/a453BG 734BSF+4591
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #28 dated 18 Apr 44 confirming VOCG 15 Apr 44. First trace: 20 Apr 44. Lost 8 May 44 - the formation was attacked by waves of German fighters after bombing. This aircraft collided in mid-air with 42-110025 at 20,000 ft near Hameln and exploded, going down 2 km NW of Salzdahlum. (Brunswick) MACR 4591
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B-24H-20 CF42-50296FORDS FOLLY453BG 732BSA
First trace: 22 Apr 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 11 Oct 44 or earlier. See also 42-94842 with the same name. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 13 - 20 Jul 44 - #4 engine damaged on 13 Jul 44 mission to Saarbrücken. Crashed and burned 10 Jan 45 in a wood at Rushford Hall, Rushford, east of Thetford, after the crew bailed out over East Harling. (Steinbrück) Salvaged 12 & 13 Jan 45.
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B-24H-20 CF42-50301SWEET SUE453BG 735BST
First trace: 27 Apr 44. See also 44-49926 with the same name. Individual aircraft letter changed from T+ to T- between 9 & 11 May 44 and from T- to T between 8 & 17 Jul 44. Crash landed 5 Nov 44 at Bungay - weather interfered with pilot's vision and he found himself landing half way down the runway, unable to take off again and unable to stop the aircraft in time with the result that it ran off the runway. (Karlsruhe) Salvaged battle damaged 6 Nov 44 by 3 SAD – landing gear pulled out.
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B-24H-20 CF42-50317BALLS O' FIRE453BG 734BSE-
Probably named BALLS O'FIRE because this is the airplane most likely to correspond to the one with this name described by Frank Thomas on page 141 of "8th Air Force at War" by Martin W Bowman. Departed the USA on 10 Apr 44. First trace: 1 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from E+ to E- between 9 & 27 May 44. Landed at Florennes, Belgium, 5 Jan 45 with engine trouble. 467th Sub-Depot repaired top turret plexiglass dome 5 & 6 Feb 45 (last previous mission: 5 Jan 45). Last trace: 11 Apr 45. RZI 11 Jul 45.
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Consolidated B-24H-20-CF Liberator42-50322n/a453BG 734BSI+4493
Lost Apr 29, 1944. MACR 4493
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

B-24H-20 CF42-50327GYPSY QUEEN453BG 735BSX+4592
First trace: 27 Apr 44. Lost 8 May 44 - was attacked head-on by a German fighter, exploded in mid-air and came apart at the end of the flight deck. The cockpit and parts fell into the River Weser. Other parts were strewn over 1500 metres, 1 km north of Tuendern and 3 km south of Hameln. (Brunswick) MACR 4592
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B-24H-20 CF42-50333PARTIAL PAYMENT453BG 732BSD
First trace: 1 May 44. Crash landed 31 Dec 44 at Florennes, Belgium, with a P-38 escort after losing #3 & #4 engines, abandoning the formation and being set upon by enemy fighters. (Koblenz) Salvaged battle damaged 5 Jan 45 by 5 SAD.
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B-24H-25 CF42-50363SECTION 8453BG 733BSR
First trace: 24 May 44. Transferred to 491st BG after 31 May 44
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B-24H-25 CF42-50379MAID OF FURY II453BG 732BSM
First trace: 13 May 44. Forced to land at Merville (Le Bourget, according to Form No.8), France, 16 Jan 45 owing to bad weather over England. The previous B-24 which landed stopped on the wet, icy and slippery runway. To avoid hitting it, 42-50379 skidded to the right off the runway and stopped with its tail just over the edge of the runway. The next B-24 to land had plenty of room to get round 42-50379 but instead skidded into it, its right wing smashing the tail and almost knocking off the tail turret of 42-50379. (Magdeburg) No trace on salvage lists but is recorded as "missing on operations" on 16 Jan 45
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B-24H-30 CF42-50426SLEEPY TIME GAL453BG 735BSV
First trace: 2 Jun 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from P+ to V between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Crash landed 17 Sep 44 at Old Buckenham with a flat tyre and ground looped on return from a trucking mission (freight haul) to Clastres, France. MAID OF FURY II Salvaged 17 - 19 Sep 44, badly damaged throughout.
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B-24H-30 CF42-50441HOLLYWOOD AND VINE453BG 734BSL-
First trace: 6 Jun 44. Hydraulics shot out, left main landing gear collapsed, damaging the left wing and engines on return from 12 Jul 44 mission to Munich/Riem. Force landed or crashed 13 Jan 45 on the Continent. (Rüdesheim) Salvaged battle damaged 18 Jan 45 on the Continent by 5 SAD.
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B-24J-401 CF42-50471LIL NEMO453BG 732BSQ
First trace: 27 Sep 44. Last trace with 453rd BG: 25 Mar 45. RZI (photograph taken in the USA after the war with a B-24D glasshouse nose). Was at Ypsilanti (Ford) and then went to Altus for eventual disposal.
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B-24J-401 CF42-50473n/a453BG 735BSR
Recorded on missions with 735th BS from 27 Sep 44. Fitted with RCM equipment on 25 Feb 45 or earlier. Last trace: 25 Feb 45 -landed on the Continent at B-58 (Brussels-Melsbroek). RZI. RFC Altus OK 26 Oct 45.
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B-24J-401 CF42-50474n/a453BG 732BSV
First trace: 3 Oct 44. Taxiing accident on 4 Mar 45. Transferred from 735th to 732nd Sqn on 1 Apr 45. Transferred to 389th BG after 10 Apr 45.
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B-24J-401 CF42-50494SQUIRT453BG 732BSD
First trace: 13 Jan 45. Fitted with RCM equipment from 21 Jan 45 or earlier. 467th Sub-Depot changed electronic wiring 28 Feb 45. Transferred to 448th BG after 11 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-1 FO42-50510SHAMROCK453BG 735BSI
x 389th BG, where its individual aircraft letter was N (retained for its first mission with 453rd BG on 16 Aug 44) First of 735th BS's own PFF aircraft. Crashed and burned 8 Jan 45 at East Wretham after being abandoned on return from a recalled mission - flown by a 732nd BS crew. Salvaged 9 & 10 Jan 45 - crashed in woods, fuselage and wings off.
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B-24J-1 FO42-50522THE IRON DUKE453BG 733BSK+
First trace: 28 Sep 44. Transferred to 448th BG between 9 Apr & 7 May 45.
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Ford B-24J-1-FO Liberator42-50555n/a453BG 856BS
50555 obtained from 453rd BG upon its arrival in ETO, replacement Jul 1944 for the 492nd BG, 856th BS. Aug 1944 transferred to 458th BG, 755th BS. OCt 1944 reassigned to 753rd BS. Mar 14, 1945 damaged by a gun firing incident on the base, repaired and returned to USA at end of war.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

B-24J-1 FO42-50568LONESOME TOO453BG 734BSM-
irst trace: 26 Sep 44. Ran off the runway on 18 Dec 44 at Old Buckenham on landing from a recalled mission. Salvaged 18 - 19 (or 29) Dec 44
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B-24J-1 FO42-50571MY ACHIN' BACK / DIRTY GERTIE453BG 732BSS
Name was MY ACHIN' BACK according to S/Sgt Richard G Ghaster, waist gunner in Lt Robert J Crowley's crew, because their airplane on 26, 27 & 28 Sep & 26 Nov 44 was thus named and Form 8 and formation charts indicate that Lt Crowley flew 42-50571 on 27 & 28 Sep 44. The name DIRTY GERTIE has also been attributed to this airplane perhaps because an OD H CF named DIRTY GERTIE is wrongly identified on the 392nd BG Website as 42-50571. Possibly ex 389th BG? - first trace with 453rd BG: 27 Sep 44. Repaired at North Coates, Lincolnshire, 19 Jan - 25 Feb 45 - # 1 engine, battle damage on 16 Jan 45 mission to Magdeburg. Transferred to 392nd BG after 7 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-1 FO42-50602BODY AND SOUL453BG 735BSM
First trace: 12 Dec 44. Transferred from 733rd to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. 467th Sub-Depot checked left outer wing panel 3 & 4 Feb 45. Transferred to 93rd BG after 8 Apr 45.
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B-24J-1 FO42-50703WORRY BIRD453BG 734BSI-
First trace: 10 Jan 45. Fitted with RCM equipment from 21 Jan 45 or earlier. Crashed and burned 9 Feb 45 on return at Bury's Hall Farm, Carleton Rode, 100 yards from the runway, in full view of all those who daily came to "sweat them in", following a mid-air collision with 42-95102 SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME which did not crash. (Magdeburg) DOROTHY Salvaged 9 & 10 Feb 45.
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B-24J-1 FO42-50720BASTARD453BG 734BSB-
First trace: 31 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 15 Oct 44 or earlier. Transferred to 458th BG after 7 Apr 45.
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B-24J-5 FO42-50764LINDA LOU453BG 732BSW
First trace: 31 Jul 44. Landed at Brussels, Belgium, on 18 Oct 44 mission to Cologne - next mission 6 Dec 44. Transferred from 735th to 732nd BS between 31 Dec 44 & 16 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot carried out sheet metalwork and modification 12 & 13 Feb 45. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 31 Mar - 11 Apr 45 - after landing at 155 mph with hydraulic system out, requiring landing gear to be cranked down, and no brakes, on return from 30 Mar 45 mission to Wilhelmshaven when it was badly damaged by flak which killed radio operator Joe DeCusati. Transferred to 458th BG after 11 Apr 45. According to Roger Freeman it had completed 60 missions when seen on VE-Day (NOTE: 31 of these were with 735th Squadron without an abort)
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Ford B-24J-5-FO Liberator42-50898n/a453BG 732BSY
Crashed on takeoff at Old Buckenham Dec 27, 1944. All aboard killed.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24J-5-FO Liberator42-50898n/a453BG 732BSY
irst trace: 3 Oct 44. Crashed 27 Dec 44 at Old Buckenham near the edge of the airfield, on take-off from a salt-strewn and slippery runway, after refusing to rise more than a few feet off the ground. The tail broke off aflame and flames in the remainder set off ammunition and caused the bombs to explode - 453rd BG mission cancelled.
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B-24H-20 DT42-51087HOT STUFF / DUCHESS453BG 733BSR+
First trace: 7 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from R to R+ between 7 & 13 Jul 44. Named HOT STUFF on the starboard side and also known as DUCHESS. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 14 - 27 Oct 44 (#1 engine) following mechanical failure on the 14 Oct 44 mission to Kaiserlautern. Repaired at Bradwell Bay, Essex, 17 & 18 Feb 45 - hydraulic system damaged on 16 Feb 45 mission to Bergsteinfurt. Transferred to 389th BG after 8 Apr 45 and RZI 21 May 45.
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Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-20-DT Liberator42-51089STAR EYES453BG 733BSV+13897
Lost Apr 10, 1945, Germany. MACR 13897
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-20-DT Liberator42-51089STAR EYES453BG 733BSV+13897
First trace: 15 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from V to V+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 6 Dec 44 or earlier. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 26 May - 3 Jun 44 - surface changes, hydraulic system, battle damage on 25 May 44 mission to Troyes, France. Landed at Brussels-Melsbroek to re-fuel on return from 1 Jan 45 mission to Remagen. Photo taken at A-93 Liège/Bieset, Belgium, on page 214 of \\\"The Mighty Eighth - The Colour Record\\\". Lost 10 Apr 45 - received a direct hit by flak over Wittenburg, broke in two, blew up and went down in flames, disintegrating with the tail coming off. (Rechlin)
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B-24H-20 DT42-51096HUSTLIN HUSSY453BG 734BSF-
First trace: 8 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from A to F- between 8 & 11 May 44. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 5 - 25 Nov 44 - #4 engine and battle damage on 5 Nov 44 aborted mission to Karlesruhe. Transferred to 446th BG after 10 Apr 45 and RZI in Jun 45.
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B-24H-20 DT42-51102JUG HEAD453BG 732BSP
First trace: 23 May 44 as a spare that was not used. Individual aircraft letter changed from F bar below to P between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 28 Jan 45 or earlier. Crashed 31 Jan 45 at Old Buckenham - according to Form No 8, it ran off the runway on an instrument take off and cracked up. As a result, 13 other aircraft were unable to take off. (Hallendorf - mission recalled) Salvaged 31 Jan 45, according to 3 SAD Field Engineering salvage list which indicates that left main landing gear gave out. (USAF HRC Report of Aircraft Salvaged erroneously states that the incident occurred on the date of Operation No 811 (29 Jan 45), that the date of salvage was 30 Jan 45 and that the main landing gear collapsed on landing.)
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B-24H-25 DT42-51108ARROWHEAD453BG 732BSO
First trace: 19 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from D to O between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Survived the war with 110 or 113 missions. Transferred to 44th BG after 10 Apr 45 and RZI 28 or 31 May 45
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Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-25-DT Liberator42-51112n/a453BG 733BSH+13735
Lost Mar 31, 1945, Germany. MACR 13735.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-25-DT Liberator42-51112n/a453BG 733BSH+13735
First trace: 6 Jun 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from R to H+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Crashed 31 Mar 45 near Wesel at a place named Tünern (not found on maps seen - according to John Hey, it may have been Tüddern, a small village on the German-Dutch border, approx. 25 km NE of Maastricht) after being hit by a Me 262 and reporting two engines out. Trailing the formation, it dropped out at the Dümmer Lake area and attempted to land in Allied controlled territory. (Brunswick) MACR 13735 Salvaged battle damaged on the Continent 15 Apr 45 by 5 SAD
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B-24H-25 DT42-51114WHISKEY JINGLES453BG 733BSJ+
First trace: 19 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from Q to J+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 3 Feb 45 or earlier. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 20 Dec 44 - 6 Jan 45 - #2 engine - damaged on 19 Dec 44 mission to Bitburg, near Trier. Last trace with 453rd BG: 4 Apr 45. RZI with 466th BG on Operation \"Home Run\".
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Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-25-DT Liberator42-51149BLOOD AND GUTS453BG 733BSU+16087
Ditched in North Sea Feb 17, 1945 due to icing. 4 survivors.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Douglas-Tulsa B-24H-25-DT Liberator42-51149BLOOD AND GUTS453BG 733BSU+16087
ex 389th BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 24 Aug 44. Received by 453rd BG between 15 & 23 Aug 44. Ceased to be used as an H2X lead airplane (PFF) after 11 Dec 44. 467th Sub-Depot determined fuel leak 8 - 10 Feb 45. Lost 17 Feb 45 - ditched in the North Sea approximately 9 miles due north of Cromer after icing-up on return from a mission to Magdeburg which was recalled before reaching the enemy coast. MACR 16087
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B-24H-30 DT42-51204n/a453BG 734BSO-
First trace: 6 Oct 44. 467th Sub-Depot carried out sheet metal work 26 & 27 Feb 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 467th BG and RZI '45.
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B-24J-5 DT42-51301RUTH MARIE453BG 733BST+
Arrived in England on 26 Jul 44. First trace with 453rd BG: 21 Sep 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 21 Jan 45 or earlier. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 19 Oct 44 - hydraulic system (entered on 3 SAD Field Engineering repair list for 466th BG but this is an error because 42-51301 is recorded on 453rd BG formation diagram for that day's mission). Completed 75 missions. Last trace: 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 491st BG (assuming this is the airplane entered as '501 in the North Pickenham control tower log on 21 Apr 45). RZI Jun 45.
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B-24J-5 DT42-51304n/a453BG 734BSU-
ex 36th BS - 2nd Organisation - to which it was assigned as a radio bomb release aircraft - first trace with 453rd BG: 15 Feb 45. Individual aircraft letter probably U- (not J-). 453rd BG Divisional insignia painted on and modification carried out by 467th Sub Depot, Old Buckenham, 15 & 16 Feb 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 24 Mar 45 when it landed on the Continent with one crewman KIA. RZI 17 Jun 45 after transfer to another Group (Identity unknown but possibly 491st BG as 17 Jun 45 was one of their departure dates. However, a photo of BIG GAS BIRD taken at Willow Run in 1945 shows this airplane in the background with no apparent tail markings other than the serial on the inner surfaces.)
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B-24J-5 DT42-51361n/a453BG 733BSX+
First trace: 22 Sep 44. Crashed and burned 28 Dec 44 on the bank of the River Severn at Shrawardine, approximately 5 miles west-north-west of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, after # 3 and # 4 engines failed while on a training flight to a practice bombing range and the pilot attempted an emergency landing at nearby RAF Montfort Bridge. The survivor was taken to Copthorne Hospital, Shrewsbury. Salvaged 31 Dec 44 - 3 Jan 45.
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B-24J-5 DT42-51373n/a453BG 734BSP-
First trace: 14 Jan 45. Fitted with RCM equipment from 28 Jan 45 or earlier. Transferred to 458th BG after 8 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-5 FO42-51463n/a453BG 732BSL
First trace: 9 Sep 44. Crash landed 13 Sep 44 at Prouvy, near Denain, France, flown by a 734th BS crew with Maj Walsh as Command Pilot. (Weissenhorn) Salvaged by 8 ASC - salvage recorded on 14 Nov 44, an administrative date, not the date on which the aircraft was actually salvaged.
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B-24JSH-5 FO42-51464PATIENT PAT453BG 735BSN
First trace: 9 Sep 44. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 12 - 15 Sep 44 - hydraulic system – after being hit by flak over the target (Misburg) on 11 Sep 44 and having to force land. Repaired at Woodbridge 30 Dec 44 - 12 Jan 45 - hydraulic system, engine trouble - probably due to damage on the 29 Dec 44 mission to Remagen. Repaired at Horsham St Faith 29 Jan 44 by 469th Sub-Depot - damaged on 28 Jan 45 mission to Dortmund. Repaired at Woodbridge 29 Jan - 14 Feb 45? (landed at Horsham where it was repaired on 29 Jan 45 and recorded on 6, 9, 11 & 14 Feb 45 missions). Flown by Lt James Scanlon 21 Feb 45 Transferred from 734th to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. Transferred to 93rd BG after 10 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-5 FO42-51503n/a453BG 734BSJ-
First trace: 22 Sep 44. Crashed and burned 26 Nov 44 at Park Common, Kenninghall. Unable to get the aircraft to climb, Capt Conard jettisoned the bomb load but, never over a few hundred feet above the ground, the aircraft lost altitude steadily and headed for two houses 40 - 50 ft apart, which it could not fly over or between. An engine damaged a corner of one house as it dislodged from the aircraft. The occupants of the houses were unharmed but the crew lost their lives. (Bielefeld). Salvaged 26 & 27 Nov 44
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B-24JSH-5 FO42-51508n/a453BG 735BSR
First trace: 21 Sep 44. Transferred from 732nd to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. Landed at Clastres, France, on return on 5 Jan 45. 467th Sub-Depot carried out modification 5 & 6 Feb 45. Transferred to 44th BG after 9 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-10 FO42-51665LITTLE GRAMPER JR / THE 3RD453BG 735BSA
ex 389th BG (kept, at least initially, the 566th Sqn code RR) First trace: 31 Jan 45. Transferred from 732nd to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. Transferred to 467th BG after 8 Apr 45.
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B-24JSH-10 FO42-51681n/a453BG 735BSD
First trace: 31 Oct 44. Transferred from 734th to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 30 Dec 44 - 2 Jan 45 - hydraulic system, engine trouble - aborted 29 Dec 44 mission to Remagen. Last trace in 453rd BG: 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 458th BG.
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B-24JSH-10 FO42-51707DOROTHY453BG 735BSH
First trace: 2 Oct 44. Modified by 467th Sub-Depot 1 & 2 Feb 45. Crash-landed 23 Feb 45 at Corner Farm, Scott's Corner, Carleton Rode, on return - ran out of fuel. (Paderborn) Salvaged 24 & 25 Feb 45. (According to 735th Squadron Engineering Office mission record, it flew on the 24 Feb 45 mission and the crash occurred in the traffic pattern returning from that mission. The date is incorrect)
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B-24JSH-15 FO42-51865n/a453BG 735BSH
First trace: 22 Oct 44. Crashed and burned 1 Jan 45 at Old Buckenham while attempting to take off in thick fog. The plane slipped off the runway, slithered across the frozen airfield, unable to rise or stop and crashed into 42-52472 LITTLE NANCY and 41-23738 WHAM BAM, both of which were parked and sustained only minor damage. (Remagen) Salvaged 2 & 3 Jan 45. (According to 735th Squadron Engineering Office mission record this crash occurred on 29 Dec 44 but the aircraft appears on the formation chart for the 1 Jan 45 mission, its crash on that day is confirmed by Bill Garrett and the incident is described in "The Liberator Men of Old Buc" as having occurred on 1 Jan 45)
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B-24JSH-15 FO42-51955GEORGE453BG 735BSK
First trace: 10 Nov 44. An H2X aircraft transferred from 733rd to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45 but flew no missions with 735th BS. Last trace: 9 Mar 45.
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B-24H-10 FO42-52139BRINEY MARLIN453BG 734BSB+2780
Original airplane of the 453rd. Individual aircraft letter unknown but may have been B+. Lost 20 Feb 44 - was attacked by enemy fighters 10 minutes beyond the target after bombs away, caught fire, exploded in mid-air and went down near G?ttingen. (Brunswick) MACR 2780
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52147PUG453BG 732BSM4593
Lost May 8, 1944. MACR 4593.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52147PUG453BG 732BSM4593
Original airplane (pesky # 582). Aborted 20 Feb 44 mission and made an emergency landing at Thorpe Abbotts. Lost 8 May 44 - shot down by German fighters. Crashed at Hassbergen, 12 km SE of Hoya/Weser, in the direction of Anderten. (Brunswick) MACR 4593
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52154MALE CALL453BG 734BSG-
This aircraft was occasionally flown on missions by movie actor Col James Stewart.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52154MALE CALL453BG 734BSG-
Original airplane (pesky # 562). Individual aircraft letter changed from G+ to G- between 30 Apr & 25 May 44. Landing accident 24 Aug 44 at Bovingdon. Repaired 3 - 25 Sep 44 - nose and tail damaged by flack. Landing accident 21 Nov 44. Repaired at Thorpe Abbotts 11 - 17 Mar 45 - #1 engine - damaged on 10 Mar 45 mission to Paderborn. Completed 95 missions and said to be the only survivor of the original 61 ships (but see 41-28631 and 42-64452) Last trace with 453rd BG: 8 Apr 45. Probably transferred to 44th BG whose 67th BS included aircraft 154 (Pilot's name: Lee) in its inventory as of 21 May 45.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52169LUCKY PENNY / LOST & FOUND DEP453BG 734BSJ+4594
Lost on mission to Brunswick, Germany May 8, 1944. MACR 4594.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52169LUCKY PENNY / LOST & FOUND DEP453BG 734BSJ+4594
Original airplane. See also 42-95312, the second LUCKY PENNY. Coincidentally 491st BG had 42-110169 with the same last three and the name LUCKY PENNY. Lost 8 May 44 - attacked by fighters, # 2 engine caught fire and the fire spread to all parts of the aircraft, which exploded and went down at Feldmark Buehne, 5 km NW of Osterwieck and 19 km NE of Goslar, near Stotterlinger. (Brunswick) MACR 4594
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52174HOO JIVE453BG 734BSK-8293
Interned in Sweden Aug 25, 1944. MACR 8293
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52174HOO JIVE453BG 734BSK-8293
Original airplane (pesky # 550). Individual aircraft letter changed from K+ to K- between 8 & 23 May 44. Repaired at Bovingdon, Hertfordshire 24 - 28 Jun 44 - #3 engine damaged on 24 Jun 44 mission to Brétigny, France. Landed on return from 17 Jul 44 mission to Belfort, France, at Manston, Kent, having lost # 1 engine over the target and low on fuel. Repaired there 18 & 19 Jul 44 - engine trouble. Lost 25 Aug 44 - landed at Bulltofta (Malmo), SWEDEN, - having been hit by flak shortly after making landfall and having developed engine trouble, the plane was forced to drop out of the formation and instead of carrying on to the target (Wismar), it bombed Kiel docks. MACR 8293 Brought back to BAD 1, Burtonwood, Lancashire, 7 or 12 Jul 45.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52175PORTLAND ANNIE453BG 735BSP+2928
Shot down on mission to Berlin in Den Ooserhuis, near Balkbrug (Overijssel), Netherlands Mar 8, 1944. MACR 2928
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52175PORTLAND ANNIE453BG 735BSP+2928
Original airplane. Lost 8 Mar 44 flown by 732 Sqn pilot (Lt Ehrman) and crew - hence probably the belief that 732 Sqn had an aircraft named PORTLAND ANNE – force-landed 2 km south-east of Meppen, near Balkbrug, Netherlands, after being hit by flak over Berlin. (Berlin-Erkner) MACR 2928
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52176VALKYRIE453BG 733BSN
Badly damaged during combat mission May 8, 1944. Upon return to England, pilot ordered crew to abandon aircraft, which subsequently crashed into thicket at Long Stretton. Ball turret gunner, who had not heard the order to bale out, emerged from wreckage unscathed.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52176VALKYRIE453BG 733BSN
Original airplane. Landed at Watton on 26 Mar 44. Crashed and burned 8 May 44 at Long Stratton in a thicket after being abandoned on return. (Brunswick) Salvaged 13 & 14 May 44.
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B-24H-10 FO42-52178LITTLE AGNES453BG 735BS
Original airplane. Crashed 6 Feb 44 at Abbey Farm, Old Buckenham, on take-off. Flew into the ground on take off due to mechanical failure of #1 and #4 engines and struck a ditch. Two 500 lb bombs exploded as the plane crashed resulting in its complete destruction. (Siracourt, France) Salvaged 6 & 7 Feb 44.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52180LIL EIGHT BALL453BG 734BSF+3297
Shot down by fighters Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3297
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52180LIL EIGHT BALL453BG 734BSF+3297
Original airplane (pesky # 548). Lost 8 Apr 44 with a 733rd BS crew - shot down by enemy fighters - exploded, disintegrating in mid air as it dived, the wreckage going down at Elmendorf in Oldenburg, 4 km NW of Bad Zwischenahn. (Brunswick) MACR 3927
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B-24H-10 FO42-52182RUMPLESTILSKIN453BG 735BSV+
Original airplane (pesky # 571). Call letter may have been V+ but see also 42-64453 V+. Crashed 23 Feb 44 at Thorpe Abbotts on landing in fog and ice on a wood- chipped runway, having flown from Old Buckenham to pick up 42-52147 M (732nd BS) PUG, which had made an emergency landing when aborting a mission on 20 Feb 44. Salvaged 24 & 25 Feb 44 - overshot runway.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52185LITTLE JOE453BG 732BSD3296
Lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3296
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52185LITTLE JOE453BG 732BSD3296
Original airplane (pesky # 651). Named LITTLE JOE (as reported to 2nd Bomb Div. on 26 Mar 44 and as in photo in possession of Roger Freeman) but also named SON OF THE BEACH (as reported to 2nd Bomb Div. on 22 Feb 44). Lost 8 Apr 44 - shot down by enemy fighters - last sighted near Salzwedel. (Brunswick) MACR 3926
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52186n/a453BG 735BSO+4595
Lost May 9, 1944, on the grounds of village of Arendonk in Belgium, very close to the Holland border. Shot down by Fw 190 flown by Lt Adolf Glunz of JG 26 *schlageter*. MACR 4595. 5 KIA, 5 POW.
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52186n/a453BG 735BSO+4595
Original airplane. Repaired at Great Saling (Andrewsfield), Essex, 22 - 28 Feb 44 – battle damage - where it landed after being hit by armour piercing shells on 20 Feb 44 mission to Brunswick. Lost 9 May 44 - went down at Arendonk, Belgium, between Turnhout and the Netherlands border - not in formation, it was shot down by a fighter. (Florennes) MACR 4595
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52191LILLE BELLE453BG 735BSN+2969
Ditched in North Sea Mar 6, 1944. Only one crewmember survived. MACR 2969
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52191LILLE BELLE453BG 735BSN+2969
Original airplane. Lost 6 Mar 44 - ditched in the North Sea on return. (Berlin-Genshagen) MACR 2969
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52196WAR BRIDE453BG 734BSA+8420
Crashed on Skorve Mountain, Norway Sep 9, 1944. MACR 8420
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52196WAR BRIDE453BG 734BSA+8420
Original airplane. Taxiing accident 2 Feb 44. Repaired at Manston, Kent, 3 Feb 44 by Sub-Depot (Roger Freeman has a photo dated 2 Feb 44 right main landing gear collapsed). Last trace with 453rd BG: 20 Jun 44. Transferred to Air Transport Command (possibly after conversion to CB-24) and lost 9 Sep 44 over Norway
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52201BATTLE PACKAGE453BG 732BSL8715
Ditched Jul 11, 1944. MACR 8715
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52201BATTLE PACKAGE453BG 732BSL8715
Original airplane (pesky # 585). No name visible on starboard side of nose but it appears to have a shark nose on a photo taken on 20 Apr 44 in lead position with EL FLAKO in deputy lead position and KEN O KAY II. However, it does not have a shark nose in the photo on page 71 of "In Search of Peace". Lost 11 Jul 44 - ditched in the North Sea, 38 miles off Great Yarmouth. (Munich) MACR 8715
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52218n/a453BG 733BSO
Crashed Mar 18, 1944 between Kilndown and Goudhurst, England after raid on Friedrichshafen.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52218n/a453BG 733BSO
Original airplane (pesky # x35). Crashed and burned 18 Mar 44 between Kilndown and Goudhurst, Kent, on return (Friedrichshafen)- Pilot: Lt S D Kelly of 734th BS. Salvaged 27 & 28 Mar 44
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52226BETTY BOOP453BG 734BSE+2970
Shot down by fighter over Holland Mar 6, 1944 during return. Crew bailed out over Zuider Zee. 3 rescued, 7 drowned. MACR 2970
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52226BETTY BOOP453BG 734BSE+2970
Original airplane. Lost 6 Mar 44 - shot down by a fighter on return and crashed in the Ijsselmeer, 2 miles north of Edam, Netherlands. (Berlin-Genshagen) MACR 2970
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B-24H-10 FO42-52234CORKY / BURGUNDY BOMBERS453BG 733BSW+
Original airplane (pesky # 656). Initially thought to have been transferred from 734th to 733rd BS before 15 Feb 44 (flew no missions with 734th BS). This would explain its individual aircraft letter D+ but, in fact, it was an original 733rd BS aircraft flown to UK by 1/Lt John A Nortridge and his crew. Letter changed from D+ to N between 11 & 25 May 44, from N to N+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44 and from N+ to W + between 19 Jul & 14 Oct 44. (Was W+ on 20 Jul but again N+ on 24 Jul 44 according to some mission documents!!!) Landed safely 8 Sep 44 in France having sustained flak damage. Was repaired. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 29 Jan 45 or earlier. Had "MISS ELLA MAE" on its nose as well as "BILLSO" which, according to Bob Jordan, was the nickname of Bill Eagleson, the Bombardier. Transferred to 446th BG after 23 Feb 45
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52237PAPER DOLL453BG 734BSD-
Salvaged May 29, 1945, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52237PAPER DOLL453BG 734BSD-
Original airplane (pesky # 653). Individual aircraft letter changed from C+ to D- between 1 & 25 May 44. Also said to have been Q- but this seems unlikely and, in any event, would have been after 24 Dec 44, date of loss of 42-95173 Q- SKY CHIEF. Last trace in 453rd BG: 13 Sep 44 mission but shown as an Old Buckenham aircraft when flown by a 389th BG crew on a 21 Sep 44 truckin' mission out of Horsham St Faith. Salvaged war weary 29 May 45 by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52240n/a453BG 735BST+3925
Interned in Sweden Apr 9, 1944. MACR 3925
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52240n/a453BG 735BST+3925
Original airplane Lost 9 Apr 44 - landed at Rinkaby, near Kristianstad, SWEDEN, flown by a 732nd BS crew - had only 2 hours' fuel left. (Tutow) MACR 3925 Left Sweden 4 Jun 45.
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52244BLACK JED453BG 735BSZ+3291
Interned in Sweden Apr 9, 1944. MACR 3291
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52244BLACK JED453BG 735BSZ+3291
Original airplane On 6 Mar 44 mission to Berlin, the pilot (Lt Bill Adams) was wounded by flak. Lost 9 Apr 44 - landed at Rinkaby, near Kristianstad, SWEDEN. (Tutow) MACR 3921
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52277SHACK RABBIT II453BG 733BSQ3553
Damaged by flak over Munster, Germany Mar 23, 1944 and crashed just across the border in Bruinehaar, Holland. 8 of 10 crew bailed out and became POW. 2 KIA in crash
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52277SHACK RABBIT II453BG 733BSQ3553
Original airplane (pesky # 564). Individual aircraft letter quoted as T on some mission documents between 3 & 5 Mar 44. Probably the B-24H FO with the name SHACK RABBIT II on the starboard side of the nose. SHACK RABBIT II also had the pesky number 564 stencilled between the nose turret and bombardier's window. Lost 23 Mar 44 - dropped bombs, headed north at Uchte and went down at Amelo or Hardenberg, Netherlands. (Handorf) MACR 3553
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B-24H-10 FO42-52298CHOO CHOO BABY / JELLY BELLY453BG 732BSH4596
Original airplane. According to Frank Hendershot, Navigator with Keith Hamby's crew, the latter named the plane JELLY BELLY. Landed at Watton on 26 Mar 44 - next combat mission: 30 Apr 44. Lost 8 May 44 - either rammed by a German fighter whose pilot is believed to have been dead at the controls or riddled by shots from German fighters and went down 10 km W of Celle, 1 km NE of Ovelgönne. (Brunswick) MACR 4596
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B-24H-10 FO42-52299HARD TGET453BG 732BSB
Original airplane. Seriously damaged on the 6 Mar 44 mission to Berlin-Genshagen - ran off runway on return (no shark nose visible on photo of landed plane on grass). Lost 1 Aug 44 - went down in the English Channel on return after the crew bailed out and abandoned it, on fire, over the Ashford area, Kent, (Montereau, France)
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52301KEN O KAY II453BG 732BSC4940
Lost Apr 29, 1944, North Sea. MACR 4940
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52301KEN O KAY II453BG 732BSC4940
Original airplane. Lost 29 Apr 44 - ditched 30 miles due east of Great Yarmouth after being damaged by German fighters and flak - was running out of gas. (Berlin) MACR 4940
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Ford B-24H-10-FO Liberator42-52302KEN O KAY453BG 732BSF2802
Lost Feb 25, 1944, Germany. MACR 2802
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Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-52472LITTLE NANCY453BG 732BSK12219
Lost Feb 9, 1945. MACR 12219
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Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-52472LITTLE NANCY453BG 732BSK12219
Possibly ex 458th BG. First trace: 9 May 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 28 Jan 45 or earlier. Repaired at Old Buckenham 1 Jan 45 - damaged when it was hit by 42-51865 which slid off the slippery runway on take-off on 1 Jan 45. Repaired at Attlebridge 29 Jan 45 - hydraulic system damaged on 28 Jan 45 mission to Dortmund. Lost 9 Feb 45 - ditched in rough water in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth on return with 3 engines feathered when last engine quit at 700 ft. (Magdeburg) MACR 12219
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Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-52627STOLEN MOMENTS / EVLIBSBUNNY453BG 735BSN-6936
Shot down Jul 12, 1944 on mission to Munich. MACR 6936. Aircraft and crashlanded in Ensisheim 15-20 km North of Mulhouse, France. Aircraft was repaired by the Germans and given German markings. Destroyed on ground by a P-38.
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Ford B-24H-15-FO Liberator42-52627STOLEN MOMENTS / EVLIBSBUNNY453BG 735BSN-6936
irst trace: 27 Mar 44. Assignment 2BD Ops Order 2 Apr 44 conf VOCG 25 Mar 44. Originally named STOLEN MOMENTS. Believed to have been re-named EVLIBSBUNNY by the Bill Banias crew when it returned to 453rd BG after repairs following the 29 Apr 44 crash-landing. Transferred from 733rd to 735th BS between 21 Jun & 7 Jul 44. Repaired at Beccles 30 Apr - 1 Jun 44 - #1 & #3 engines, wing panel, main wheels, electrical system - damage on 29 Apr 44 mission to Berlin. Lost 12 Jul 44 - hit by flak, went on fire and was last seen heading for Switzerland - crash landed at Ensisheim, 15 - 20 km north of Mulhouse, France, was repaired by the Germans, given German markings and was being prepared for take off when it was shot up by a P-38 Lightning and destroyed, the position having been communicated to the Allied forces by the French resistance organisation. (Munich) MACR 6936
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B-24H-15-FO first batch (CAM)42-52755PERCOLATIN' PETE453BG 732BSP
A painting on the port side of the nose, accompanying the name PETE, depicted a large yellow coffee pot with a lid open at a 45 angle. A large cloud of steam was coming out of the spout and open lid. Hence the PERCOLATIN' but this word did not appear. No name or nose art on the starboard side. ex 492nd BG - 2nd Organisation, previously 34th BG, where it was named the second DYNAMITE 'N DODO, originally 486th BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 4 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot checked all turrets and carried out modification 4 - 8 Feb 45. Last trace: 15 Mar 45 - landed at B-78, Eindhoven, Netherlands, needing two new engines. Fate unknown.
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B-24H-10 FO42-5296RIP TIDE453BG 732BSE
Landing accident 12 Feb 44 at Old Buckenham (Pilot: Frederick Campbell) First combat mission: 8 Apr 44 (but was an original airplane - pesky # 627). Possibly also named EHRMAN'S BEATS - an aircraft of this name was flown to England by Lt Everett G Ehrman and his crew # 11. It is said to have flown 105 missions and to have been discarded at the end of the war by bulldozing. 42-52296 flew only 36 combat missions (the last on 13 Sep 44) but it does seem to have been retained by 453rd BG after that date because 42-50296 is quoted as 0296 (presumably to distinguish it from 2296) well after that date. Repaired at Ford (Yapton), Sussex, 28 Jul - 12 Aug 44 - # 4 engine damaged on 28 Jul 44 mission. Last trace with 453rd BG: 13 Sep 44 but see above. Salvaged war weary 29 May 45 by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland
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B-24H-10 CF42-64452RUMPELSTILSKIN II / LEAPING LA453BG 735BSJ
Original airplane. Individual aircraft letter changed from S+ to S- between 2 & 12 May 44, from S- to S between 8 & 11 Jul 44 and from S to J between 30 Sep & 24 Dec 44. On loan to 458th BG for truckin' missions and crash-landed at Watton on 30 Sep 44 (not 41-29452). Fitted with RCM equipment from 11 Feb 45 at least. Transferred from 735th to another unidentified squadron on 1 Apr 45. The name RUMPLESTILSKIN II was never shown on the ship but, according to the late Mike Benarcik, it was so named. 735th Squadron history gives the name as LEADING LADY which, it states, Rush set down on 10 Jan 45 at Halesworth where it was repaired 11 Jan 45 - hydraulic system. Landed at A-55, Melun/Villaroche, France, or at A-54, Le Bourget, France, on 21 Jan 45. Landed at B-58 Brussels/Melsbroek, Belgium, with #3 engine out on 21 Feb 45 mission to Nürnberg - last recorded mission with 453rd BG. Transferred to 491st BG on 25 Apr 45.
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64453n/a453BG 735BSV+3922
Lost Apr 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 3922
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64453n/a453BG 735BSV+3922
Original airplane. Lost 8 Apr 44 - last sighted near Salzwedel - shot down by enemy fighters and crashed between Henningen and Wistedt, 18 km W of Salzwedel, Germany. (Brunswick) MACR 3922
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64457n/a453BG 733BS2971
64457 (453rd BG, 733rd BS) damaged by flak over Berlin Mar 6, 1944. Forced to leave formation. Further damage by fighters during return flight. Crew bailed out over North Sea 5 miles off Yarmouth. Aircraft crashed in sea. 4 crew rescued, 6 killed. MACR 2971
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64460SHACK RABBIT453BG 733BSS2972
Lost Mar 6, 1944, Germany. MACR 2972
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64460SHACK RABBIT453BG 733BSS2972
Original airplane. Lost 6 Mar 44 - shot down by fighters near Plantlüne during the return flight. The aircraft exploded after four of the crew had bailed out. It went down in a small wood at Biene after the pilot had pulled up the plane to avoid crashing in the city of Lingen/Ems. (Berlin-Genshagen) MACR 2972
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64464WAITERS ONLY453BG 733BSV3923
Lost Apr 8,1944, Germany. MACR 3923
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64464WAITERS ONLY453BG 733BSV3923
Original airplane. Known to the original crew # 38 (Pilot: 2/Lt Joseph G. Waiter) as WAITER'S ONLY (information from Al Thomale, a crew member) but the name was never painted on to the aircraft. Also said to have been named CLOUD HOPPER when flown by the Bergman crew and lost on 8 Apr 44 but this is unsubstantiated. Lost 8 Apr 44 - shot down by enemy fighters - went down near Wistedt (or Sistedt), Salzwedel County. (Brunswick) MACR 3923
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64469EL FLAKO453BG 732BSI10165
On third operational mission to Berlin Mar 6, 1944, accidentally dropped its bombload only 3 miles from Base (Old Beckenham). No casualties on ground, only injury was to the pride of the aircraft crew. Struck by flak during raid on oil refinery at Castrop-Rauxel Nov 2, 1944, which tore off one wing and crashed at Luenen-Sud. MACR 10165. All 10 crew KIA.
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64469EL FLAKO453BG 732BSI10165
Original airplane (pesky # 721). Crew Chief: M/Sgt Marlin Drellick. Repaired at Pershore, Worcestershire 29 Jul - 7 Aug 44 - # 4 engine, battle damage on 28 Jul 44 mission. Lost 2 Nov 44 - received a direct hit by flak behind the bomb bay. Immediately afterwards one wing came off and the ship nosed into a dive with the tail and waist section hanging by three stringers. Chaff and oxygen bottles came spewing out then the aft section broke off. Went down at Lünen Süd on the south bank of the canal harbour basin - 78th mission. (Castrop-Rauxel synthetic oil refinery) MACR 10165
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B-24H-10 CF42-64472LUCKY 13453BG 732BSF
First trace: 6 Jul 44 (but could have been an original airplane - pesky # 567). 467th Sub Depot carried out sheet metal work and checked the generator 15 - 17 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot checked landing gear and changed nose gear 22 - 24 Feb 45. Last trace: 28 Feb 45 - landed at A-89 (Le Culot, Belgium). Salvaged 15 Sep 45.
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B-24H-10 CF42-64473LOVERS LANE / YUVADIT453BG 735BSR
Original airplane. LOVER'S LANE was on the port side and YUVADIT was on the starboard side. Individual aircraft letter changed from R+ to R- between 9 May & 24 Jun 44 and from R- to R between 8 & 16 Jul 44. Repaired at Oulton 7 - 17 Aug 44 - #1 & #3 engines - after landing there with two engines feathered on return from 5 Aug 44 mission to Brunswick Last trace in 453rd BG: 13 Sep 44 mission but shown as an Old Buckenham aircraft when flown by a 389th BG crew on 21 Sep 44 truckin' mission. Was probably declared war weary because 42-50473 R flew missions with 735th from 27 Sep 44 onwards (were there two 473 R in the same Squadron or was 42-64473 transferred to 734th BS as R-?). Salvaged war weary 29 May 45 by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland. (IARC: 02OCT44 SOXO CON SAL and immediately after it shows 03OCT44 Repaired.
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64478CABIN IN THE SKY453BG 735BSX+3554
Shot down by flak over Pau Mar 27, 1944. MACR 3554. Only 3 occupants survived.
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64478CABIN IN THE SKY453BG 735BSX+3554
Original airplane (pesky # 57x). Lost 27 Mar 44 - received a direct hit by flak while flying as lead ship with Major Curtis H Cofield, Group Operations Officer, on board - went down with flames coming out of the bomb bay in the Pertuis d'Antioche, 3 – 5 miles off Pointe-de- Chassiron, Ile d'Oléron, France, and blew up on hitting the water. (Pau-Pont Long airfield, France) MACR 3554
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B-24H-10 CF42-64484n/a453BG 734BS
Original airplane (pesky # 666?). Salvaged 19 Jan - 3 Feb 44 at Old Buckenham after crashing on take-off in a field beyond the end of the runway, the other side of Abbey Road, due to icing - left landing gear broken off
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64490CEE GEE II453BG 735BSU+4781
Lost Apr 22, 1944, Germany. MACR 4781
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64490CEE GEE II453BG 735BSU+4781
Original airplane. Crashed in flames 22 Apr 44 at Girling's Farm, Reydon Marsh, near Southwold, Suffolk, after being hit on return by Me 410 intruders (or by a JU-88) 10 - 15 miles off the Suffolk coast. (Hamm) Salvaged 23 & 24 Apr 44. MACR 4781
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64496BORSUK'S BITCH453BG 735BSX+4304
Interned in Switzerland Apr 25, 1944. MACR 4304. Subsequently flown in Swiss Air Force markings. Returned Oct 11, 1945.
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Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator42-64496BORSUK'S BITCH453BG 735BSX+4304
Original airplane. Named BORSUK'S BITCH after transfer from 732nd to 735th Sqn (where the Crew Chief was M/Sgt. Borsuk) between 20 Feb & 31 Mar 44 but the name may not have been painted on the nose. Lost 25 Apr 44 - said to have been hit by flak over Paris and to have gone on to bomb the target but, according to the pilot, whose recollection of the mission is recorded on page 27 of "Strangers in a Strange Land", the circumstances were different. The aircraft landed at Dübendorf, Zürich canton, SWITZERLAND. (Mannheim) MACR 4304 Subsequently flown bearing Swiss Air Force markings, the first flight taking place on 28 Apr 44. Flown back to BAD 1, Burtonwood, Lancashire, on 8 Oct 45.
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B-24H-15 FO42-94766IRON PANTS453BG 734BSK-
ex 34th BG after 7 Aug 44 - first trace with 453rd BG: 9 Sep 44. Landed in France on 24 Dec 44 mission. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 5 - 22 Jan 45 - #1 engine damaged on 5 Jan 45 mission to Neustadt and Sobernheim. Repaired at Shipdham 7 Feb 45 by 464th Sub Depot - damaged in a mid-air collision with 44-10515 on 6 Feb 45 mission to Magdeburg. Last trace: 10 Apr 45. RZI. RFC Altus OK 25 Sep 45.
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B-24H-15 FO42-94783JO453BG 733BSY+
ex 489th BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 24 Dec 44. Landed at Laon/Athies, France, on 5 Jan 45 mission to Neustadt and Sobernheim - engine trouble - next mission: 8 Mar 45. Last trace in 453rd BG: 9 Apr 45. RZI - arrived Bradley 20 Jun 45. Altus, OK, 16 Aug - 25 Sep 45. (see page 93 of "The Mighty Eighth - The Colour Record").
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B-24H-20 FO42-94805FOIL PROOF453BG 735BSU
First trace: 23 Apr 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from U+ to U- between 8 & 11 May 44 and from U- to U between 8 & 17 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th to 733rd BS on 1 Apr 45. Went to Depot [Probably 3 SAD, Neaton (Watton)] for overhaul between 8 Jan 45 (recorded on 7 Jan 45 mission to Zweibrücken) and 1 Mar 45. Survived the war with 110 missions (According to 735th BS mission record it flew 104 missions and had 7 aborts with that Squadron. Also flew 4 missions and had 1 abort with 733rd BS) The paint was almost certainly stripped off while at the Depot because this aircraft has all the characteristics of the NMF aircraft named FOIL PROOF photographed with 93rd BG after transfer from 453rd BG. Transferred to 93rd BG after 10 Apr 45.
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94806n/a453BG 735BSZ+4597
Lost May 8, 1944, Germany. MACR 4597
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94806n/a453BG 735BSZ+4597
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #28 dated 18 Apr 44 confirming VOCG 15 Apr 44. First trace: 17 Apr 44. Lost 8 May 44 - after dropping bombs it was hit by a large formation of fighters and went down on fire in the bomb bay 15 miles south of the target. (Brunswick) MACR 4597
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B-24H-20 FO42-94820LUCKY LUCKY / PLUCKY LUCKY453BG 734BSM-
ex 489th BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 25 Nov 44. Original name PLUCKY LUCKY but changed to LUCKY LUCKY after armour plate covered the PL and part of the U of the word PLUCKY. Transferred from 735th to 734th BS between 24 & 28 Dec 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 6 Dec 44 or earlier. Repaired at Old Buckenham 25 Feb 45 (aborted on that day's mission) or 27 Feb 45 by 467th Sub Depot - tail section from Sta 5.2 changed - see letter from Jim Peterson on page 21 of Vol 6, No 2 of The 453rd Bomb Group Association Newsletter. Last trace with 453rd BG: 9 Apr 45. RZI with 466th BG on Operation "Home Run".
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B-24H-20 FO42-94842FORD'S FOLLY453BG 732BS
See also 42-50296 with the same name. ex 489th BG - first trace with 453rd BG: 8 Apr 45. Transferred to 389th BG after 10 Apr 45.
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94850n/a453BG 735BSV-5934
Interned in Sweden Jun 20, 1944. MACR 5934
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94850n/a453BG 735BSV-5934
Assignment under 2 BD Operations Order #28 dated 18 Apr 44 confirming VOCG 15 Apr 44. First trace: 10 Apr 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from V+ to V- on return from 11 May 44 mission. Lost 20 Jun 44 - landed at Bulltofta (Malmö), SWEDEN, shot up, short of fuel and in danger of blowing up. (Politz) MACR 5934 Brought back to England on 27 Jun 45. RZI.
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94990KEN O KAY III453BG 732BSC11560
Lost Jan 3, 1945, Germany. MACR 11560
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-94990KEN O KAY III453BG 732BSC11560
First trace: 7 May 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 6 Dec 44 or earlier. Crashed 3 Jan 45 on return at Pontpierre, just south of St-Avold, France, as it crossed the battle lines after being abandoned when #1 & #2 engines were lost. (Homburg) Salvaged battle damaged 22 Jan 45 by 5 SAD. MACR 11560
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Ford B-24H-20-FO Liberator42-95019n/a453BG 735BST+4305
Lost 25 Apr 44 on its only mission - flown by a 733rd BS crew, last sighted in the vicinity of Paris and believed to have exploded in mid-air after being hit by flak over France. (Mannheim) MACR 4305
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95047n/a453BG 733BSM+10177
(453rd BG, 733rd BS) - OD finish. Individual aircraft letter changed from N to M+ between 7 & 12 Jul 44. Fitted with RCM equipment on 19 Oct 44 or earlier. Repaired at Lympne (Ashford), Kent, 26 May - 22 Jun 44 - battle damage on 25 May 44 mission to Troyes, France. Lost 19 Oct 44 - received a direct hit by flak over the target, rolled over, caught fire and spiralled down in a slow spin. Crashed at Kalkheim im Taunus. (Mainz mission) MACR 10177
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95048JABBER-WOCK453BG 735BSW-7226
95048 (453rd BG, 735th BS) lost Jul 7, 1944. MACR 7226
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95048JABBER-WOCK453BG 735BSW-7226
First trace: 6 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from W+ to W- between 9 & 11 May 44. Lost 7 Jul 44 - caught in intense and accurate flak, went down at Mendenheim. (Halle) MACR 7226
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B-24H-25 FO42-95073FLYING HOME453BG 735BSY
Departed U.S. 29 May 44. First trace in 453rd BG: 7 Oct 44 - where was it from May 44 Transferred from 735th to 732nd BS on 1 Apr 45. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 15 Mar 45 or earlier. Repaired at Framlingham, Suffolk, 29 Jan - 8 Feb 45 - # 4 engine – having landed there on return from 28 Jan 44 mission to Dortmund due to bad weather, #4 engine out and flak damage. Transferred to 467th BG between 9 & 25 Apr 45. !B-24H-25 FO 42-95076 C 732
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B-24H-25 FO42-95076LACE453BG 732BSN
First trace: 9 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from C to N between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 12 Dec 44 or earlier. Repaired at Beccles, Suffolk, 21 Oct - 9 Nov 44 - #1 engine, main landing gear wheel and battle damage (no record on missions between 9 Oct 44 when it aborted after 1h04, and 21 Oct 44) Crashed 21 Jan 45 at Shadoxhurst, near Kingsnorth, Kent. (Heilbronn) Salvaged 22 - 24 Jan 45 - left main landing gear gave out.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95086SQUEE-GEE453BG 735BSO
First trace: 11 May 44 when assigned to Crew Chief M/Sgt Harold H Fox. Individual aircraft letter changed from O+ to O bar below between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 29 Jan 45 or earlier. 467th Sub-Depot determined fuel leak 21 - 23 Feb 45. Force-landed 25 Feb 45 with a shell hole through the left wing at Dijon, France. (Giebelstadt) Salvaged on the Continent 28 Feb 45. IARC shows this aircraft as RZI, arriving at Altus, OK, on 3 Jul 45. Consequently, despite being listed as salvaged, it was flown back to the ZI.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95099RAG DOLL453BG 733BSQ+
Individual aircraft letter changed from Q to Q+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Shown on Form No 8 for Mission 157 (7 Oct 44) as MIA but the pilot (Fischer) flew more missions from 12 Oct 44 and IARC mentions \\\"Repaired 30 Nov 44\\\". Flew missions again with 453rd BG from 21 Jan 45. SWEDE, THE MAYTAG I 732 E3 First trace: 8 Apr 44. Assignment 31 Mar 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from O to S on 25 Jun 44 (according to formation diagram, retained call letter O on 24 Jun 44 mission although 42-110138 had already taken call letter O while 42-110100 was being repaired after damage on 8 May 44 mission). Again changed from S to I+ between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Last trace: 28 Feb 45 - landed at Le Bourget (A-54, AAF 385), near Paris, France. RZI - arrived Bradley Field on 17 Jun 45. RFC Altus (OK) 17 Oct 45.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95102SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME453BG 734BSH-
First trace: 19 May 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 30 Oct 44 or earlier. Repaired at Snetterton Heath 25 - 31 Dec 44 - hydraulic and electrical systems and battle damage (according to Form No.8, landed at Woodbridge on 24 Dec 44 mission.) 467th Sub-Depot changed main fuel cell and carried out general maintenance 3 - 5 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot carried out sheet metal work and checked the nose gear 10 - 15 Feb 45 following a mid-air collision on 9 Feb 45 (on return) with 42-50703 THE WORRY BIRD which crashed and burned and was salvaged. Repaired at Snetterton Heath 24 & 25 Feb 45 - # 2 engine. 93 missions but at least 119 mission symbols (bombs) were displayed. Transferred to 448th BG after 11 Apr 45.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95111PORKY453BG 733BSP,K+8853
95111 (453rd BG, 733rd BS) lost Sep 13, 1944, Germany. MACR 8853.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95111PORKY453BG 733BSP,K+8853
First trace: 13 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from P to K+ between 7 & 17 Jul 44. Lost 13 Sep 44 - pulled out of the formation over Eich, received a burst of flak almost directly and went down in a spin with the cockpit in flames at Biblis, near Worms. (Weissenhorn) MACR 8853
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B-24G-25 FO42-95166GALLOPING GHOST / CENTURY QUEE453BG 735BSM
First trace: 11 May 44. Named GALLOPING GHOST when it landed at Kenley in Jan 45. MALE CALL Individual aircraft letter changed from O- to M between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th to 734th BS on 1 Apr 45. Fitted with RCM from 15 Oct 44 or earlier. Landed with #4 feathered at Manston, Kent, on 17 Jul 44, where it was repaired 20 - 26 Jul 44 - #4 engine. Landed badly shot up by flak at Woodbridge, Suffolk, on 11 Sep 44 where it was repaired 12 - 28 Sep 44 - hydraulic system, battle damage. Landed at Brussels, Belgium, due to lack of fuel on 30 Nov 44 mission to Homburg. Landed at Kenley, Surrey, on 15 Jan 45, where it was repaired 17 Jan - 4 Feb 45 - #4 engine. 467th Sub-Depot carried out modification 9 - 12 Feb 45. Survived war with 106 missions. Last trace with 453rd BG 9 Apr 45. RZI - arrived US 15 Jun 45. RFC Altus (OK) Oct 45.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95167NEVER MRS453BG 734BSA-10342
Lost Nov 11, 1944, Germany. MACR 10342
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95167NEVER MRS453BG 734BSA-10342
First trace: 11 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from A+ to A- between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Landed safely 8 Sep 44 at A-67 (Vitry, France), having sustained flak damage. Was repaired. Fitted with RCM equipment from 14 Oct 44 or earlier. Lost 11 Nov 44 - bomb bay caught fire over the Ruhr valley on 70th mission after being hit by flak. Just before bombs away, a wing came off when the plane went into a dive and crashed between Buer and Essen. (Bottrop) MACR 10342
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95171DIANA-MITE453BG 734BSJ-7253
Collided with 41-29259 Jul 21, 1944 over target and crashed neear Darmsheim, Germany. 9 crew KIA, one POW. MACR 7253
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95171DIANA-MITE453BG 734BSJ-7253
First trace: 11 May 44. Lost 21 Jul 44 when it collided in mid-air with 41-29259 in the Karlsruhe area. Both aircraft exploded. It is not clear whether the collision occurred before or after the formation was ordered to turn about to bomb Saarbrücken marshalling yards when it ran up against a towering cloud front. (Munich) MACR 7253
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B-24H-25 FO42-95173SKY CHIEF453BG 734BSQ-
First trace: 19 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from C+ to Q- between 8 & 16 Jul 44. Force landed 24 Dec 44 at Cambrai-Niergnies, France, - the plane was hit several times near the target, dropped on time, plastered the target and limped out with # 1 engine out, # 4 engine feathered, # 2 turbo out and # 2 & # 3 leaking oil badly. (Mayen) Salvaged 11 Mar 45 on the Continent by 5 SAD.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95206OHIO SILVEr453BG 732BSG
Accepted 28 Mar 44, delivered Birmingham 31 Mar 44, departed Birmingham 24 Apr 44, departed US 7 May 44, first trace with 453rd BG: 28 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from G to J between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 6 Feb 45 or earlier. Survived the war with 107 combat missions. Last trace with 453rd BG: 10 Apr 45. RZI Jun 45 - Cincinnati OH 27 Jun 45, Altus OK 28 Jun - 20 Sep 44. Disposed of in Oct 45 by Reconstruction Finance Corp.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95214WANDERING WANDA / PIN UP PIP453BG 732BSZ
Was named either PIN UP PIP changed to WANDERING WANDA or had both names simultaneously. First trace: 9 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from Z- to Z between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th BS to 732nd BS on 1 Apr 45. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 19 Dec 44 or earlier. 467th Sub-Depot carried out sheet metal work 26 & 27 Feb 45 - damaged on 25 Feb 45 mission to Giebelstadt. Survived the war with 117 missions (113 in 735th BS and 4 in 732nd BS). Last trace: 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 392nd BG.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95216BECKY / BILLIE MAE453BG 732BSH
Transferred after Apr 10, 1945 to 458th BG 753rd BS (J4 K) and salvaged after crash landing at Horsham St. Faith May 6, 1945.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95216BECKY / BILLIE MAE453BG 732BSH
First trace: 20 May 44. Name changed from BILLIE MAE to BECKY (or LITTLE BECKY) after the Crew Chief, M/Sgt Albert V Coswell's, new baby. Also said to have been named BLACK WIDOW. Picture of young child painted on port side of nose between end Sep and end Dec 44. Landed on 16 Jan 45 at A-81, Creil, France. Landed on 1 Mar 45 at A-84, Chièvres, Belgium. Landed on 4 Apr 45 at A-90, Toul/Croix de Metz, France. Completed 98 missions and aborted only 3 times. Transferred to 458th BG after 10 Apr 45.
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B-24H-25 FO42-95233n/a453BG 732BSE6233
This aircraft may have been named PAY DAY but the name is more likely to have been associated with the aircraft in error because it superseded the original PAY DAY (41-28938) as E in 732nd BS. First trace: 6 Jun 44. Lost 24 Jun 44 - hit by flak, it blew up while crossing the coast over Coxyde, Belgium, on the way out and went down at Oostduinkerke, 6 km west of Nieuwpoort, Belgium. (Pont-à-Vendin, France) MACR 6233
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95252SHACK HAPPY453BG 734BSO-9418
Lost Oct 2, 1944, Germany. MACR 9418.
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Ford B-24H-25-FO Liberator42-95252SHACK HAPPY453BG 734BSO-9418
First trace: 19 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from B+ to O- between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 21 - 23 Jun 44 - No. 4 propeller, hydraulic system damaged on 21 Jun 44 mission to Berlin/Nordban. Hit by flak, returned to base and landed without hydraulics on 6 Aug 44 mission to Hamburg - repaired by Sub-Depot during next 10 days. Lost 2 Oct 44 - trailed the Group over the target and 30 seconds after bombs away, burst into a sheet of flames and broke into two, having been hit behind the top turret by a bomb dropped by a 389th BG aircraft and which went through the fuselage without exploding. The tail broke off and the two parts spiralled down to crash at Pelkum, near the target. (Hamm) MACR 9418
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B-24H-25 FO42-95276MY BABS453BG 733BSL+
First trace: 11 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from O bar to L+ between 7 & 12 Jul 44. Taxiing accident 26 Sep 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 14 Oct 44 or earlier. Survived the war with 120 missions. Last trace: 10 Apr 45 when it was unaccounted for. RZI. RFC Altus OK 28 Sep 45.
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B-24H-30 FO42-95303CROW'S NEST453BG 734BSP-
First trace in 453rd BG: 29 May 44. Brought over by a 448th BG replacement crew (Pilot: Lt Lawnicki) under a Movement Order dated 4 May 44, but plane and crew were separated on arrival in the UK. Crew Chief: T/Sgt Clinton G Colvin. Individual aircraft letter changed from D+ to P- between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 15 Oct 44 or earlier. First abort on 61st mission (453rd BG mission #153 - 2 Oct 44). On 81st (not 101st) mission (24 Dec 44) an engine was lost and the pilot (Lt Rollins) force landed at Athies/Laon, France. Flew back to Old Buckenham a couple of weeks before 453rd BG were taken off operational status and flew on missions on 8, 9 & 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 93rd BG.
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B-24H-30 FO42-95312LUCKY PENNY II453BG 734BSC-
This was the second LUCKY PENNY (shown as LUCKY PENNY II on the starboard side). The first was 42-52169 lost 8 May 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 15 Oct 44 or earlier. Lost 17 Oct 44 - at bombs away it sustained flak damage, limped onward until it crossed the battle line at 1500 ft and after being abandoned by the crew who landed near Spa, Belgium, the plane crashed a short distance away near Malmédy, Belgium, on its 63rd mission. (Cologne) (Entered in some records on 8 Dec 44 as missing in action)
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Ford B-24H-30-FO Liberator42-95353ZEUS453BG 735BSP+
Crash landed on return from mission May 30, 1944. Salvaged.
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Ford B-24H-30-FO Liberator42-95353ZEUS453BG 735BSP+
First trace: 17 May 44. Landed 30 May 44 at Old Buckenham with only the right landing wheel down and receiving power from only two engines after being forced to leave the formation, reduce speed and fly home at low altitude. Landed on the short alternative runway in a strong cross wind, left wing tip dragged when the plane reduced speed and #1 propeller dug into the ground off the runway causing the plane to swing round viciously. Main runway was still blocked by the burning 41-28645. (Oldenburg) Salvaged 31 May 44.
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B-24JSH-1 FO42-95515n/a453BG 734BSJ-
Probably ex 389th BG. First trace: 16 Aug 44. Crash landed 11 Sep 44 at Woodbridge, Suffolk, on one wheel. (Misburg) Salvaged 18 & 19 Sep 44 - belly landed.
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B-24JSH-1 FO42-95582n/a453BG 733BSX+
ex 389th BG (retained 567th BS code: HP - see Alan Rowsell's photo taken on 15 Mar 45 mission). First trace: 31 Jan 45. Last trace: 21 Mar 45 - landed at A-70 (Laon/Couvron, France) RZI. RFC Walnut Ridge AR 3 Jan 46.
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B-24J-65 CF44-10475BECOMING BACK453BG 733BSY
First trace: 6 Dec 44. Had 35.41 on nose Transferred from 735th to 733rd BS on 1 Apr 45. 467th Sub-Depot patched left rudder and carried out general maintenance 16 & 17 Feb 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 10 Apr 45. Transferred to 491st BG on 22 Apr 45.
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B-24J-60 CF44-10512n/a453BG 732BSB
First trace: 16 Aug 44. Repaired at Honington, Suffolk, 29 - 31 Jan 45 - hydraulic system damaged on 28 Jan 45 mission to Dortmund. Transferred to 448th BG after 25 Feb 45.
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Consolidated B-24J-60-CF Liberator44-10515n/a453BG 734BSJ-
Collided Feb 11, 1945 with another plane during landing after mission to Magedburg and crashed, killing all 11 onboard. The other plane landed safely.
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Consolidated B-24J-60-CF Liberator44-10515n/a453BG 734BSJ-
First trace: 4 Dec 44. Crashed and burned 6 Feb 45 at Crown Farm, Deopham, - its tail was chopped off in a mid-air collision with 42-94766, as a result of which the plane spun to earth. (Magdeburg) Salvaged 6 & 7 Feb 45.
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B-24J-60 CF44-10522n/a453BG 734BSC-
First trace: 25 Nov 44. Fitted with S-27 special radio equipment from 28 Jan 45 or earlier and with RCM equipment from 17 Mar 45 or earlier. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1 & 2 Jan 45 - hydraulic system damaged on 30 Dec 44 mission to Euskirchen. Transferred to 392nd BG after 10 Apr 45.
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B-24J-65 CF44-10577STRICTLY BUSINESS453BG 734BSV-
See also 42-110089 with the same name. 1st trace: 21 Sep 44. STRICTLY BUSINESS Transferred from 735th to 734th BS between 28 Sep & 4 Dec 44. Crash landed near Amiens, France, on return from 28 Sep 44 mission to Kassel after suffering flak damage to # 3 engine. Crashed and burned 1 Apr 45 at Shotesham while an engine was being slow timed. Salvaged 3 & 4 Apr 45.
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B-24J-145 CO44-40072B T O453BG 734BSA-
ex 489th BG, originally 492nd BG with which it flew 29 missions. First trace with 453rd BG: 11 Dec 44. Fitted with RCM equipment from 29 Jan 45 or earlier. Repaired at Leiston, Suffolk, 11 Jan 45 - hydraulic system damaged on 10 Jan 45 mission to Steinbrück. Landed at B-51, Lille/Vendeville, France, on 16 Jan 45. Returned with a runaway propeller and landed at Tibenham on 29 Jan 45 mission to Hamm - nose wheel collapsed. Nose turret changed from Consolidated MPC A-6B to Emerson A-15 by 467th Sub- Depot, Old Buckenham, 23 & 24 Feb 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 11 Apr 45. Transferred to 466th BG with which it was RZI.
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B-24J-155 CO44-40297SILENT YOKUM453BG 734BSX
First trace: 10 May 44. See also 44-50685 with the same name. Individual aircraft letter changed from X bar to X bar below between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th to 734th BS on 1 Apr 45. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 29 & 30 Jan 45 - hydraulic system – after landing there on return from 28 Jan 45 mission to Dortmund. Landed at Chièvres, Belgium, (735th Sqn Engineering Office records state it landed in France) on 11 Feb 45 mission to Dülmen - next mission with 735th Sqn was 3 Mar 45. Transferred to 392nd BG after 11 Apr 45.
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B-24J-155 CO44-4292HATTIE BELLE453BG 735BSN
First trace: 10 May 44. Individual aircraft letter changed from N+ to N between 8 & 11 Jul 44. Transferred from 735th to 733rd BS on 1 Apr 45. Survived the war with between 112 & 116 missions. (According to 735th BS records, it flew 108 missions, excluding 3 aborts, with that Squadron, the last being on 31 Mar 45. It also flew 6 missions with 733rd BS. However, according to "Lee" Quesnel, a member of Joe Miele's ground crew, HATTIE BELLE was retired in early 1945 after 116 missions and 2,000 flight hours without an abortion - see page 17 of Vol 4 No 1 of The 453rd Bomb Group Association Newsletter). Last trace: 10 Apr 45. RZI. RFC Altus OK 15 Oct 45.
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B-24JSH-20 FO44-48816GINNIE453BG 735BSI
First trace: 21 Jan 45. 467th Sub-Depot re-installed scope camera mount 6 & 7 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot checked complete pitot system 20 & 21 Feb 45. Transferred to 467th BG after 6 Apr 45.
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B-24-LHO-5 FO44-49318n/a453BG 735BSS
ex 389th BG between 25 Feb & 7 Mar 45. First trace: 8 Mar 45. Flew on missions with 735th BS from 8 Mar 45 through 10 Apr 45 when it was unaccounted for. Disassembled at 1 SAD, Honington, Suffolk, - see photo on page 204 of "Consolidated B-24 Liberator" by John M & Donna Campbell.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24LHO-5 FO44-49321HERBY453BG 735BSP
Named HERBY after transfer to 93rd BG. First trace in mission documents: 7 Mar 45. Transferred from 734th to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. 467th Sub Depot repaired nose gear and carried out general maintenance 21 & 22 Feb 45 and further work on 6 Apr 45 (also recorded on a mission on 6 Apr 45). Transferred to 93rd BG after 8 Apr 45.
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B-24LSH-10 FO44-49594SHY ANN / IS THIS TRIP NECESSA453BG 735BSC
Had two names: SHY ANN on the left side and IS THIS TRIP NECESSARY? on the right. Call letter painted on and general maintenance carried out by 467th Sub Depot, Old Buckenham, 28 Feb 45 First trace on formation diagrams: 7 Mar 45. Transferred from 732nd to 735th BS on 1 Apr 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 9 Apr 45. Transferred to 466th BG.
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B-24LHO-15 FO44-49926SWEET SUE453BG 735BSW
First trace: 21 Feb 45. See also 42-50301 with the same name. 453rd BG Divisional insignia painted on and general maintenance carried out by 467th Sub Depot, Old Buckenham, 21 & 22 Feb 45. Transferred to 458th BG after 11 Apr 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

Ford B-24L-15-FO Liberator44-49972RUM COLLINS453BG 733BSP+13734
Lost Mar 31, 1945, Lutjewinkel, Netherlands. MACR 13734. 7 POW, 2 evaded
Source: Joe Baugher US Aircraft Serial Numbers - http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html

Ford B-24L-15-FO Liberator44-49972RUM COLLINS453BG 733BSP+13734
First trace: 28 Feb 45. 467th Sub-Depot carried out general maintenance 28 Feb 44. Lost 31 Mar 45 - top turret malfunctioned and shot out the two right hand engines on the way to the target. The crew bailed out and the aircraft went down at Lutjewinkel (Friesland), Netherlands. (Brunswick) MACR 13734
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B-24M-5 FO44-50477n/a453BG 732BSI13092
First trace: 12 Mar 45. Crash landed 15 Mar 45, on its second mission, at 5225N 1550E, about 10 km east of Miedzyrzecz, Poland, after being fired upon by two Soviet fighters when it made for the Soviet lines after losing two engines on the bomb run. (Gardelegen) Salvaged 15 Mar 45. MACR 13092
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B-24M-5 FO44-50527HAZEE453BG 732BST
Delivered to AAF 9 Jan 45. Arrived in the UK 7 Feb 45. First trace in 453rd BG: 17 Mar 45. Transferred to 392nd BG after 10 Apr 45.
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B-24M-5 FO44-50529FLAMIN' MAMIE453BG 732BSU
First trace: 19 Mar 45. Last trace with 453rd BG: 11 Apr 45. Transferred to 491st BG on 18 Apr 45
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B-24M-5 FO44-50577n/a453BG 734BSR-
First trace: 17 Mar 45 - fitted with RCM equipment. Last trace: 7 Apr 45. Transferred to 458th BG and RZI. RFC, Walnut Ridge, 29 Dec 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24M-10 FO44-50715FORD'S FOLLIES453BG 735BSO)
First trace: 19 Mar 45 - fitted with RCM equipment. Transferred from 735th to 734th BS on 1 Apr 45. Transferred to 458th BG after 11 Apr 45.
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24M-10 FO44-50718RUM N COKE453BG 733BSU+
First trace with 453rd BG: 12 Mar 45. Brought over to UK by a 448th BG replacement crew but aircraft and crew were separated on arrival and the plane flew no missions with 448th BG. Fitted with RCM equipment from 19 Mar 45 or earlier. Transferred to 466th BG between 11 & 20 Apr 45
Source: Aircraft of the 453rd by Keith Sowter -

B-24M-10 FO44-50790n/a453BG 732BS
First trace: 4 Apr 45 when, described as a 735th BS aircraft, the 734th BS crew flying it failed to find the formation and aborted . Transferred to 446th BG after 9 Apr 45.
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