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42-72843

B-24 Liberator

B-24D "Strawberry Bitch" SN 42-72843 was assembled at the Consolidated plant in San Diego, and later ferried to Europe to join the 9th Air Force in Cairo, Egypt. Daniel Rice was the pilot whose crew accepted delivery of the new B-24, ferried her overseas, and delivered her to the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, 512th Bombing Squadron.

The bomber then flew over 50 combat missions from North Africa during September of 1943 thru June of 1944 with the 512th Bomb Squadron of the 376th BG. It took part in and survived the Ploesti oil refinery raid of August, 1943.

Each aircraft of the 376th was assigned a Recall Code (RCL), painted on its nose and vertical tail. Strawberry Bitch was assigned RCL 24.

The plane was selected for preservation after World War II, and stored beginning in 1946 at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base boneyard in Tucson, Arizona. It was flown from Tucson to the Air Force museum for restoration and display in Dayton in May of 1959.

The B-24 is painted pink desert camouflage as it was during its World War II campaigns in North Africa.

Service

Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 512th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Daniel Rice

    Military | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    He flew 24 missions before he was shot down December 19, 1943 on a mission over Augsburg, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2020 16:05:23 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added connections to the 512th BS & 376th BG mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2018 04:50:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Airplanes Of The Past. com

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2018 04:43:14 Kickapoo Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer and nicknames
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Airplanes Of The Past

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