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B-24 Liberator

Originally assigned to the 492nd BG and flown overseas by the Handwright crew. Flew three missions with the 858th BS, 492nd BG and was then transferred to the 856th BS, thence to 753rd BS, 458th BG after being fitted for AZON delivery of Aphrodite drones. Salvaged 14 Nov 44.



  • 42-31394 Aphrodite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost...


  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • 858th Bomb Squadron


  • James Lacy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • John Lansing

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group


  • 523

    6 August 1944


  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...


Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, CA, USA February 1944

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA March 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned March 1944

Assigned to the 858th BS, 492nd BG, 8AF.

Operational mission 06711 Zeitz, Germany 12 May 1944

Target Zeitz, Germany. Pilot Handwright crew #807 Target: Oil refinery. 12-5-44.

Operational mission 62130 Siracourt, France 15 May 1944

Target Siracourt, France. Pilot Handwright crew #807 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets). 15-5-44.

Operational mission 62130 Siracourt, France 21 May 1944

Target Siracourt, France pilot Handwright, crew #807 Target: Crossbow (V-1 rockets). 21-5-44.

Operational mission Magdeburg, Germany 29 May 1944

Target Magdeburg, Germany. Pilot McLaughlin, crew #811. Aircraft Industry - Mission aborted, uncredited. 29-5-44.

Azon equipment upgrade Watton, Thetford, Norfolk IP25, UK June 1944

Azon equipment fitted for project Aphrodite 3 Strategic Air Depot.

Transferred July 1944

Transferred to the 753rd BS, 458th BG, 8AF.

Aphrodite mission Watten, France 6 August 1944

Flown as 2nd 'Mother' to Baby 42-30212. Target Watten V1 missile site. Pilot Lt John Lansing, Drone controller 2l James W Lacy. 6-8-44.

Salvaged Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 14 November 1944

Salvaged 14 Nov 44.


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 22:22:36 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 20:02:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

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