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44-40268

B-24 Liberator

The Kentucky Belle was one of the later models of B-24J bombers and was equipped with some of the best technology available to the USAF. While in operation she served in 84 missions, 80 bombing runs and 3 'truckings' or fuel runs and a supply drop.

Service

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

People

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 12:07:24 Emily Changes to description
Sources

Removed incorrect statement claiming Kentucky Belle was on display at Norfolk and Suffolk Museum, after confirmation from Mark Casto (museum volunteer) confirmed this is not the case

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 12:59:56 jrugman Changes to person associations
Sources

Picture found on AAM website identifying Lieutenant Grant to be the pilot of the Kentucky Belle.

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 12:38:34 jrugman Changes to person associations and media associations
Sources

Found to be Crew Chief of the Kentucky Belle on another part of AAM website.

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 12:26:41 jrugman Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Sources:
Page 28, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman
http://www.aviationmuseum.net/706BS.htm

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