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41-11613

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-11613, that was in the 376th Bomb Group, had several names : Florine JuJu - The Blue Streak - Liberandos - Teggie Ann. It should not be mistaken for another B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, which was flown on the Ploesti mission, as one of several element lead aircraft. That plane, named, Teggie Ann, was piloted by Col. K.K. Compton, and commanded by Mission Commander Gen. Uzal Ent, for the 93rd and the 376th Bomb Groups over Ploesti on Operation Tidal Wave. 1 Aug 43.

The B-24D, 41-11613, last named, The Blue Streak, was in the 514th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, and was, originally named, Florine JuJu, then, Liberandos, Teggie Ann, and, last, The Blue Streak. Number 41-11613, was an original member of the 1942 Halverson Detachment Unit that eventually became part of the 376th Bomb Group in the VIIIth Bomber Command. The aircraft was a veteran of the first, high level, Ploesti mission in 1942, but did not fly on the second, large, low level, Ploesti mission, Operation Tidal Wave, in August 1943.

The plane had a long and distinguished combat career, surviving 110 combat missions with the 376th Bomb Group. After the low level Ploesti mission, the plane was sent back to Britain. From Britain, it was flown back to Fort Worth, Texas, by Lt. John S. Young and crew, with Lt. Royden LeBrecht and his crew, flying Lt. LeBrecht's plane, The Squaw, and Walter Stewart flew home to the U.S. in the B-24D, Bomerang. The Blue Streak's last 10 missions, before it was sent home, were flown by Captain Melvin H. McClain from Bend, Oregon.

The Blue Streak, survived 19 months of air battles overseas, and 1,058 combat hours. Her scoreboard reads, one destroyer, one merchant ship, one oil tanker, and 23 enemy aircraft destroyed. She dropped 297 tons of bombs, and never lost a crewman in combat. The plane required 19 engines, two new wings, one new rudder, and many aluminum patches to keep her flying during her career.

The Blue Streak, serial number 41-11613, was originally named Florine Ju Ju. Her RCL was #10. She was on the Halverson Project's (Halpro's) first bombing mission to the Ploesti oilfields on June 12, 1942. She flew 22 missions as aircraft #10.

Following the creation of the 376th Heavy Bomb Group in November, 1942, her RCL was changed to #35. She flew another dozen missions as #35.

In the spring of 1943, the 376th's B-24s were again renumbered, this time to align their RCLs with the squadrons they flew with. Florine Juju, 41-11613, was assigned, #71, and went through two name changes. The sequence of name changes were, Florine Ju Ju, to, Teggie Ann, and, then, finally, to, The Blue Streak. There, also, was another, Teggie Ann, serial number 42-40664, in the 376th Heavy Bomb Group. The change from, Teggie Ann, to, The Blue Streak, may have occurred when, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, arrived and was assigned to Col. K.K. Compton as the element lead ship for the 376th, and the 93rd bomb Groups.

The Blue Streak, ended her career with over 110 missions, the largest number of missions any B-24 had flown until the newer B-24J, named, Boomerang (a different plane and name spelling), surpassed it's record. For it's very last mission, The Blue Streak, flown by Lt. John Young, joined two other survivor B-24D aircraft from the MTO, The Squaw, flown by Lt. Royden LeBrecht, who had slowed down in his relatively undamaged, Squaw, over Ploesti after successfully bombing his target at White IV, in order to join up with Lt. Young and Col. John Kane, limping away from Ploesti in their shot up B-24D, Hail Columbia, to give them extra defensive cover from marauding German and Romanian fighter aircraft, as they all departed the target area. Also accompanying them was Maj. Walter Stewart, who flew the B-24D, named, Bomerang, with them, first, to Fort Worth, Texas, for a war bond tour and a visit to the Consolidated Aircraft Plant #4, before taking their famous planes around the U.S. to tour, show their planes, and tell their harrowing combat experiences to the Consolidated employees and their families at other B-24 assembly plants. 1944.

The Blue Streak's last crew :
Jose Felix
Waino Hakkinen
Henry Magaram
Thomas McGrain
James Milne
Alfred Runyan
Ivan Schwartz
Ralph Thompson
Willard Tressler
Arthur Weil
Richard Weizenegger
John Young

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Aircraft

  • 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Teggie Ann, 42-40664, should not be mistaken for another of two other B-24Ds, two of three B-24Ds, 41-23754, and 41-11613, also named, Teggie Ann, that were in the 8th Air Force in the U.K in 1942-43. Later, 42-40664, Teggie Ann's,...

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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...

  • 514th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • Jose Felix

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Jose Reis Felix was a bombardier on the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. The plane went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Waino Hakkinen

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Wiano Hakinnen was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Co-Pilot of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Henry Magaram

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Armorer / Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Henry Magaram was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF, as an armorer/ gunner of the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. the plane went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war...

  • Thomas McGrain

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. McGrain, of the 515th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Operation Tidal Wave mission with Lt. Edwin L. Gluck on, 030, B-24D, 41-24030. It was his eighth combat mission. He referred to this aircraft as, Good Time Charley. He also flew on the B-24 42-73084,...

  • James Milne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. James Milne was assigned to the 514th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, USAAF. ...

  • Alfred Runyan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Waist gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Alfred Runyon was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Ivan Schwartz

    Military | Sergeant | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Ivan Schwartz was a crewmember on the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. The A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Thompson

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Pilot of the B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of the 514th BS, the 376th BG, (TDY) to the 9th AF. The airplane and crew went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th Bomb Group and was sent home for a war bond tour.

  • Willard Tressler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Willard Tressler was assigned to 514BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crewmember of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. ...

  • Arthur Weil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt Arthur Weil was a crew member of B-24D, 41-11613, The Blue Streak, of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. A/C survived 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

Places

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

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514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

War Bond Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA

Started War Bond Tour at Fort Worth, TX, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2022 09:35:51 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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23 May 2022 01:21:59 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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376thbg.com - 41-11613 - The Blue Streak

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23 May 2022 01:13:33 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Personal Archives - Kickapoo

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22 May 2022 20:44:03 Kickapoo Changes to description and media associations
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Personal Archives - Kickapoo

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22 May 2022 19:36:59 Kickapoo Changes to description
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armyaircorps-376bg.com - The blue Streak

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2022 16:59:56 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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21 May 2022 12:38:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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VIII Bomber Command - Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 11:46:24 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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29 December 2021 00:12:12 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Detail changes. Wording changes for clarity and readability. - Kickapoo

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28 December 2021 23:58:26 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Details added to include the aircraft's unit numbers. - Kickapoo

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28 December 2021 23:50:23 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Detail changes to markings. - Kickapoo

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28 December 2021 23:46:58 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2021 23:00:20 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - The Blue Streak - Florine Juju - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2021 06:12:33 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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13 October 2021 05:29:31 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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13 October 2021 05:28:25 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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22 August 2021 01:26:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Teggie Ann

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22 August 2021 01:08:47 Kickapoo Changes to description and place associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 12:38:15 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

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05 August 2021 12:39:23 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - THE BLUE STREAK

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05 August 2021 00:46:04 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - FLORINE JUJU - THE BLUE STREAK

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 16:03:05 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Removed nose number wrongly described as nickname

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03 June 2021 15:49:34 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Reformatted aircraft nickname to remove unnecessary punctuation and quotation marks

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06 May 2021 10:50:58 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2021 10:46:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

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06 May 2021 10:43:30 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2020 13:44:11 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Removed 71 from aircraft name field as this was the aircraft's identification number within its unit

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10 February 2020 17:48:46 phil marchese Changes to markings
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Al Blue, The B-24Liberator.

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26 November 2019 19:45:28 skymcclain Changes to description
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R Sky McClain - daughter of Melvin H. McClain

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2019 18:00:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:57:04 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:56:18 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:20:09 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 21:19:04 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:31:28 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:26:23 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2019 20:10:36 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:55:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:19:42 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and unit associations
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AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 333 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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