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42-94865

B-24 Liberator

"Baby Bug" # 42-94865 was first assigned to the 490th Bomb Group/850th Bomb Squadron, then transferred to the 493rd Bomb Group/862nd Bomb Squadron for a short while. It was piloted by Lt Richard B. Lewis of the 493rd on the 19 July 1944 mission to Saarbrucken, Germany. Transferred to the 801st Bomb Group/406th Bomb Squadron (Night Leaflet Squadron), painted black and renamed "Baby Bug II". Involved in an accident in England on 4-5 January 1945, it was repaired and had its name changed again, as "Baby Bug III".

Service

Units

  • 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 were 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...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron
  • 850th Bomb Squadron
  • 862nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Beno

    Military | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bray

    Military | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group

  • Runyon Coleman

    Military | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group

  • William Dubois

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Paris on 4 Jul 1944. B-24H AC #42-95317. 2 Killed in Action (KIA), 1Prisoner of War (POW), 5 Evaded (EVD). T/O Harrington 2325 HRS, 4 July, shot down by ME110 south of Paris and crashed 0118hrs, 30 miles SE of Chartres (Autry-sur-Juine)....

  • Frank Hines

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 801st Bomb Group
    Shot down over Pairs on 4 Jul 1944. B-24H AC #42-95317.

  • Edward Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Paris on 4 Jul 1944. B-24H AC #42-95317. 2 Killed in Action (KIA), 1Prisoner of War (POW), 5 Evaded (EVD). T/O Harrington 2325 HRS, 4 July, shot down by ME110 south of Paris and crashed 0118hrs, 30 miles SE of Chartres (Autry-sur-Juine)....

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Richard Lewis was a Pilot in the 493rd Bomb Group/862nd Bomb Squadron. He and his original crew were assigned B-24 Serial #42-50650 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on 19 May 1944. They flew it to England and probably were on board it for their first...

  • Edwin Lloyd

    Military | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Niemann

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Meade crew

  • Roy Simmons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Meade crew

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Places

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • 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...

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 10:52:58 ED-BB Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Wallace Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
"Angel On My Wing" by 493rd BG Pilot Richard B. Lewis.
http://www.b24bestweb.com/babybug1.htm
http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/B24sBySN/865%2042-94865%20Baby%20Bug%20...

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