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41-24215

B-24 Liberator

B-24D Liberator #41-24215 'Lucky Gordon', sometimes called just 'Lucky', was originally an aircraft of the 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily. After returning to the ETO and further missions it was declared war weary and renamed 'Dogpatch Raider' and served with the 703rd BS, as a high visibility assembly ship for the 445th BG, flying from RAF Tibenham, Norfolk. The large letter “F” on her fuselage, the Group’s call letter, contained bright navigation lights for dim lighting conditions.

Service

Units

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron
  • 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Harold Kendall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Harold Kendall was assigned to the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron and flew missions from England until the 93rd was temporarily assigned to fly out of North Africa in support of the Allied forces in that theater. On February 25, 1943, B-24...

  • Frederick Millsap

    Military | 445th Bomb Group

  • Albert Querbach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Places

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered 24 November 1942

Delivered to USAAF

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily.

Crashed RAF Mount Farm, Dorchester, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7PG, UK 19 September 1944

703rd BS, 445th BG, 8th AF. Departed Tibenham, Landing Accident, Mount Farm/Sta 234, Cat 3 damage. Pilot Albert E Querbach.

Crashed RAF Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 11 December 1944

703rd BS, 445th BG, 8th AF, Take Off Accident, Tibenham, England. Pilot Frederick M Millsap.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

2nd Career RAF Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK

Renamed 'Dogpatch Raider' and served with the 703rd BS, as a high visibility assembly ship for the 445th BG, flying from RAF Tibenham, Norfolk. The large letter “F” on her fuselage, the Group’s call letter, contained bright navigation lights for dim lighting conditions.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 21:07:26 B24Mike Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Aircraft Record card and mission load list data from the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 14:52:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.vintagewings.ca / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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