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B-24 Liberator

B-24 44-40121 was one of the original aircraft assigned to the 853rd Bomb Squadron of the 491st Bomb Group. There are two photos on that show this aircraft's distinctive nose art:



  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron


  • Harry Brockman

    Military | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Harry Brockman served as a pilot with the 853rd Bomb Squadron of the 491st Bomb Group. One of the aircraft he flew was B-24J 44-40121.

  • Durward Howell

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 491st Bomb Group


  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...


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Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 10:00:26 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 02:44:37 enations Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations

Added by Durward Howell's daughter (enations)