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B-24 Liberator

Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44.

**Retasked war weary bomber to explosive filled remote controlled flying bomb.

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Michael Agresta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group

  • Charles Bullard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    30 combat missions. Lead Bombardier on 20 missions. DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 5 Battle Stars

  • Clarence Ferris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 458th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Fields

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

  • Adolph Janowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • James Keel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Gerald Matze

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group

  • Albert Pizzica

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Albert Pizzica served as a gunner with the 753rd Bomb Squadron of the 458th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Horsham St Faith, England.

  • Arthur Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

  • 523

    6 August 1944

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 869

    7 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 877

    10 March 1945

  • 896

    19 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 906

    22 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 908

    23 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 8th Air Force 911

    24 March 1945
    "8th AF Aided Paratroops ...

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Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
AZON/Aphrodite Project Mimoyecques, 62250, France 4 August 1944

Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44.

Crashed Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 14 March 1945

Involved in ground accident along with 9 other B-24's whilst parked at Horsham St Faith/Sta 123. Cat 3 damage.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 13:38:19 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4217484654

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 18:39:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4217484654

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 15:45:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4217484654

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