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42-110007

B-24 Liberator

Assigned USAAF, B-24J 42-110007, re-designated as PBY-1 when assigned to USN, went on to be assigned to USN Special Air Unit No1 as Bu #32271. Utilised as remote controlled explosive laden flying bomb on Anvil* project. USN provides A/C and command crew to 388th BG for mission. Dispatched on mission to destroy the V3 long range cannon battery at Mimoyecques 12 Aug 44. Command crew** were killed, when preparing to bale out, when 2,000lb's of Torpex prematurely expoded over the Blyth estuary and destroyed the A/C. Debris landed in Newdelight Wood, Suffolk.

*Anvil was the USN equivalent of the USAAF Aphrodite project, war weary bombers filled with explosives and flown to target by operator on 'Mother' ship utilising radio control and 'Anvil' TV cameras. Command crew were needed to take off and establish steady flight before baling out over UK.

** Command crew Lt Joseph P Kennedy Jr and Lt Wilford J Willey KIA [ Joe Kennedy - son of Joseph P Kennedy Sr and eldest brother of future US president John F Kennedy ].

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

  • NS569

    Mosquito
    Chase camera A/C on Anvil mission to V3 long range cannon battery, Mimoyecques, France. Drone A/C explosion flipped NS569 up several hundred feet, knocking out the port engine with debris coming through the nose injuring the observer Lt Daniel J...

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Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

People

  • Joseph Kennedy

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joe Kennedy Jr served with the US Navy Reserve. He was killed flying a secret Aphrodite mission on 12 August 1944. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery. Kennedy was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. ...

  • David McCarthy

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator / Observer | 25th Bomb Group
    Served with 8th AF USAAF September 1943 - May 1944. ...

Missions

  • 547

    12 August 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

Events

Event Location Date
Prepared for Anvil* mission Mimoyecques, 62250, France 11 August 1944

Prepared for mission to destroy the V3 long range cannon battery at Mimoyecques 12 Aug 44.

Destroyed in mid air explosion New Delight Wood, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 12 August 1944

2,000lb's of Torpex prematurely expoded over the Blyth estuary and destroyed the A/C. Debris landed near the village of Blythburgh in Suffolk, England, causing widespread damage and small fires, but no injuries on the ground. [2 x KIA].

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 16:36:14 Al_Skiff Changes to description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Jr.
http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries4.html

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 15:46:27 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, aircraft associations and place associations
Sources

Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Jr.
http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries4.html

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