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41-11613

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-11613, named, Florine JuJu, The Blue Streak, Liberandos, and Teggie Ann, in the 376th Bomb Group, should not be mistaken for the B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, and flown as the Lead Aircraft, piloted by Col. K.K. Compton, and commanded by Gen. Uzal Ent, for the 93rd and the 376th Bomb Groups over Ploesti on Operation Tidal Wave.

The B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of the 514th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, was originally named, Florine JuJu, then, 71 Liberandos, 71 Teggie Ann, and last, 71 The Blue Streak. Number 41-11613, was a member of the 1942 Halverson Detachment that eventually became part of the 376th Bomb Group. The aircraft was a veteran of the first, high level, Ploesti mission in 1942, but did not fly on the second, large, low level Ploesti mission, Operation Tidal Wave, in August 1943.

The plane went on to survive 110 combat missions with the 376th Bomb Group and, after the low level Ploesti mission, it was sent back to Britain, and then, home to the U.S. for a war bond tour in 1944. From Britain, it was flown back to Fort Worth, Texas, by Lt. John S. Young and his crew, with Lt. Royden LeBrecht and his crew, in Lt. LeBrecht's plane, The Squaw, and Walter Stewart in the B-24D, Bomerang. The Blue Streak's last 10 missions, were flown by Captain Melvin H. McClain from Bend, Oregon.

The Blue Streak, survived 19 months of air battles overseas, and 1,058 combat hours. Her scoreboard reads, one destroyer, one merchant ship, one tanker, and 23 enemy aircraft destroyed. She dropped 297 tons of bombs, and never lost a crewman. The ship required 19 engines, two new wings, one new rudder, and many aluminum patches to keep her flying during her career.

The Blue Streak's last crew :
Jose Felix
Waino Hakkinen
Henry Magaram
Thomas McGrain
James Milne
Alfred Runyan
Ivan Schwartz
Ralph Thompson
Willard Tressler
Arthur Weil
Richard Weizenegger
John Young

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-40664 Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, should not be mistaken for the B-24D, 41-23754, also named, Teggie Ann, in the 8th Air Force. Later it'd name was changed to, Little Lady. ...

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Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 514th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • Jose Felix

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Jose Reis Felix was a bombardier on the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. The plane went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Waino Hakkinen

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Wiano Hakinnen was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Co-Pilot of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Henry Magaram

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Armorer / Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Henry Magaram was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF, as an armorer/ gunner of the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. the plane went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war...

  • Thomas McGrain

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. McGrain, of the 515th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Operation Tidal Wave mission with Lt. Edwin L. Gluck on, 030, B-24D, 41-24030. It was his eighth combat mission. He referred to this aircraft as, Good Time Charley. He also flew on the B-24J, 42...

  • James Milne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. James Milne was assigned to the 514BS, the 376BG, (TDY) to the 9AF USAAF. ...

  • Alfred Runyan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Waist gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Alfred Runyon was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Ivan Schwartz

    Military | Sergeant | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Ivan Schwartz was a crewmember on the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. The A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Thompson

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Pilot of the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of the 514th BS, the 376th BG, (TDY) to the 9th AF. The airplane and crew went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour.

  • Willard Tressler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Willard Tressler was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Arthur Weil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt Arthur Weil was a crew member of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C survived 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

Places

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned

514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

War Bond Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA

Started War Bond Tour at Fort Worth, TX, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2021 06:12:33 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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13 October 2021 05:29:31 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2021 05:28:25 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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22 August 2021 01:26:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Teggie Ann

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 01:08:47 Kickapoo Changes to description and place associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 12:38:15 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2021 12:39:23 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - THE BLUE STREAK

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05 August 2021 00:46:04 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - FLORINE JUJU - THE BLUE STREAK

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03 June 2021 16:03:05 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Removed nose number wrongly described as nickname

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03 June 2021 15:49:34 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Reformatted aircraft nickname to remove unnecessary punctuation and quotation marks

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06 May 2021 10:50:58 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2021 10:46:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2021 10:43:30 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2020 13:44:11 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Removed 71 from aircraft name field as this was the aircraft's identification number within its unit

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10 February 2020 17:48:46 phil marchese Changes to markings
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Al Blue, The B-24Liberator.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2019 19:45:28 skymcclain Changes to description
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R Sky McClain - daughter of Melvin H. McClain

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2019 18:00:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:57:04 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:56:18 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:20:09 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:19:04 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:31:28 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:26:23 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:10:36 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:55:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:19:42 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and unit associations
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 333 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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