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This aircraft is B-24 44-40328 'This Above All'.
• It was a 493rd Bomb Group, 863rd Bomb Squadron original aircraft transferred before 6 Jun 1944 (date of 493rd BG's first combat mission) to the 34th Bomb Group, 391st Bomb Squadron.
• It was flown on missions of the 34th Bomb Group from 6 June 1944 through 16 August 1944.
• It was later assigned to the 466th Bomb Group, 786th Bomb Squadron (squadron code U8, with radio call letter T), and was flown on missions from 25 October 1944 through 25 April 1945.
• It was then redeployed to the Zone of the Interior (United States). It was never assigned to 487th Bomb Group.
• The nose art was was signed "SGT DUANE BRYERS." Sgt Bryers painted the nose art on the aircraft at Sheppard Field, Texas, before the overseas deployment of the 493rd Bomb Group.
Sources:
1. Tom Brittan of B-24 BestWeb
2. Ivo de Jong, author of 'The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H)'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a B-14 Liberator (serial number 44-40328) nicknamed "This Above All" of the 487th Bomb Group.

Connections

Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

Aircraft

Locations

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 19:17:22 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 21:12:19 PaulWebber Changes to caption
Sources

1. Tom Brittan of B-24 BestWeb
http://www.b24bestweb.com/Pics-T-THIS-THQ.htm (see first line, V1)
2. de Jong, Ivo. 'The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H)'. Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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