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B-24 Liberator

Assignments:
834th BS, 486th BG, 8th AF (coded 2S-E) - Missions [7] - 27 May 44
7th BS, 34th BG, 8th AF (coded K) - Missions [6] - 11 Jun 44
860th BS, 493rd BG, 8th AF (K) - Missions [20] Jun - at least [19] Jul 44
BAD 2 (end 1944)
RZI 25-Sep-45.

Service

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...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron
  • 834th Bomb Squadron
  • 860th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Phillip Brinkman

    Military | Corporal | Draftsman | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF as 'Draftsman' as the aircorp had no definition for an artist !! Notable nose art artist. Bio: - http://www.philbrinkman.com/phil-brinkman-biography.htm

  • William Cusack

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William Joseph Cusack June 27, 1918 - Sept. 25, 2011 Resident of Concord, California William Joseph Cusack passed away at age 93 after a long and rewarding life. "Bill," to those who new him, was born in New York. He enlisted and served in the Army Air...

Places

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • 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.

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1944

Built at Consolidated.

Assigned Sudbury CO10, UK May 1944

Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Mendlesham, Stowmarket IP14, UK June 1944

Transferred to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Debach, Woodbridge IP13 6BY, UK July 1944

Transferred to 860BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Storage Warton, Carnforth, UK 1945

Stored at BAD2.

Returned ZI Bradley International Airport (BDL), Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 25 September 1945

Returned Zone of the Interior.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 17:13:36 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 17:12:45 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 21:20:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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