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42-52534

B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator nicknamed Witchcraft (serial number 42-52534, Q2-M) was flown by the 790th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group, and is famous for completing the most missions of
any Second Air Division aircraft – 130.

Not all its activities were military however, on one occasion it was flown up to an altitude of 18,000 feet in order to freeze ice cream made out of powdered milk!

B-24H 42-52534 "Witchcraft" was sold for scrap October 3, 1945.

(B-24J-85-CF, ex-44-44052, registered NX224J was repainted as 42-52534 "Witchcraft".
and is still airworthy as of May, 2018. Maintained by the Collings Foundation).

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 790th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Betcher

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic | 467th Bomb Group
    Mechanic on 'Witchcraft' which flew 130 non abort missions over Europe duriing WWII. (A 16 scale model is suspended from ceiling in this museum.) Named his engine "Doris + ?". (Ray's wife was pregnant at the time he named the engine!)

  • Edwin Bornfleth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group

  • George Dong

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew Chief | 467th Bomb Group
    Named his engine "Chinamen's Chance".

  • Walter Elliott

    Military | 467th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Ginzl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 467th Bomb Group

  • Robert Halloran

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 467th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Kerchner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Flew on the crew chosen to fly 'Witchcraft' on its 100th mission. Air Medal/ ETO Ribbon w/ 4 Battle Stars

  • John Kraemer

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 467th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 miisions on 'Witchcraft'. DFC, Medal of Honor

  • Delbert Mann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot; Intelligence Officer | 467th Bomb Group
    35 missions in exactly 100 days, 30-May thru 05-Sep. Plane named 'Witchcraft. ' Flew D-Day. Transferred to 491st and became Squadron Intelligence Officer. Briefed, interrogated, wrote awards and decorations, taught aircraft recognition. Returned on the...

  • Albert Occhiuzzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right & Left Waist Gunner, Ball & Tail Turret | 467th Bomb Group

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Places

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 23:04:21 LanLow609 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Individual research data files

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2019 14:24:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Information supplied by Johan Visschedijk, Researcher at 1000aircraftphotos.com

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 16:58:33 rossingtonj Changes to description
Sources

Norfolk Record Office: http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/view/NCC108288

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2015 16:23:17 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2015 10:46:14 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

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