By Mike Hill, John R. Beitling
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that offers the B-24 Liberators utilized by the fifteenth Air strength in global battle II, famous B-24 historians Robert Beitling and Mike Hill current for the 1st time the biographies of the person B-24s utilized by the 451st, 461st and 484th Bomb teams of the forty ninth Bomb Wing in Italy. As a lot details as is understood in regards to the person plane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the airplane obtained its nickname, variety of missions, unique airplane for the teams, and the final word destiny of the plane. the quantity could be of curiosity to historians, veterans and those that have an interest within the B-24s that flew within the flak crammed skies of the 3rd Reich.
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Post flight inspection showed that the main spar had been damaged. GAS HOUSE JR. was repaired and returned to combat. Listed MIA after Mission #145 to Vienna on November 5, 1944, with the crew of George Heitzler (MACR #9604). 42-78250 GOOSEY LUCY (726th #50 ) Left the USA on April 23, 1944. Assigned to the group on May 3, 1944. Flew her first mission on May 7, 1922. GOOSEY LUCY crashed on take off on Mission #88 to Ploesti, July 22, 1944. Five of the crew died in the crash, and five others were injured.
42-7636 THREE FEATHERS (726th #41) An original group aircraft, she was flown overseas by Sidney Winski's crew. During the flight overseas the aircraft lost three engines. Pilot Sid Winski was able to make an emergency landing with three feathered props, thus the name THREE FEATHERS. Crew Chief Allan Haggerty kept her in good shape. Several crews managed to complete their combat tours in the ship. Finally deemed unfit for combat, she was salvaged on September 20, 1944. At the time of her retirement she had flown over 70 missions.
Electrical system was also damaged. The crew of Collins Byrn was unable to transfer fuel. Just west of Lake Balaton the #3 engine ran Iowan fuel, and the crew began bailing out. THE FLYING WOLF crashed near Biscopce (MACR # 10750). 42-78411 THE FLYING WOLF 42-78414 BOOTS AND HIS BUDDIES 54 451 st Bomb Group 42-78436 SHADY LADY 42-78414 BOOTS AND HIS BUDDIES aka DAM YANKEE (724th #20) Left the USA on July 8, 1944. Listed MIA on December 2, 1944, on Mission #158 to Blechhammer. The #1 hit by flak over the target.