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41-23774

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, Liberator, 41-23774, named, 774, was one of the original nine B-24Ds assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 67th Bomb Squadron, prior to moving to Britain and the ETO. 20 Sep 42.

The plane was later transferred to the 44th Bomb Group's 68th Bomb Squadron. At the time, the plane was given the name, 774, and assigned to the 68th Bomb Squadron with it's RCL call letter, S, on it's vertical stabilizer fins.

Later, it was transferred to 93rd Bomb Group and the 409th Bomb Squadron and renamed, Geronimo, before the final name, Hitler's Nightmare, and the 68th Bomb Squadron's emblem could be applied by the 68th's artist Jack E. Loman.

While temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force and and the 93rd Bomb Group in North Africa, Lt. Norman Charleson had a runway accident at Hardwick in, 41-23774, which was, at that time, still named, Geronimo. 20 Aug 43. It is in the 93rd Bomb Group's records as having been battle damaged and salvaged. 23 Aug 43.

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Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron
  • 67th Bomb Squadron
  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Charleson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Lt. Norman Charleson was shot down in the B-24D, SN #42-7603. The plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action. 18 November 1943. ...

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Tafaraoui

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

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Date Contributor Update
10 June 2022 11:36:34 Kickapoo Changes to place associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - Geronimo

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10 June 2022 11:07:43 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Removed punctuation marks from aircraft names for clarity, uniformity, and readability. - Kickapoo

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21 April 2022 07:23:31 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 777 - Geronimo - Hitler's Nightmare

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21 April 2022 07:21:10 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 777 - Geronimo - Hitler's Nightmare

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16 April 2022 02:52:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 774 - Geronimo - Hitler's Nightmare

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16 April 2022 02:38:45 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 774 - Geronimo - Hitler's Nightmare

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 13:18:15 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.

Removed abbreviated serial number from aircraft name field.

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 08:06:08 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Wording - Kickapoo

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02 August 2021 08:03:48 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Dates, Wording - Kickapoo

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02 August 2021 07:53:11 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 774 - GERONIMO - HITLER'S NIGHTMARE

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02 August 2021 07:50:47 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774 - 774 - GERONIMO - HITLER'S NIGHTMARE

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2021 07:22:43 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Wording and punctuation changes for accuracy and clarity - Kickapoo

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02 August 2021 07:09:52 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Punctuation, word changes, for uniformity and clarity - Kickapoo

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04 June 2021 23:44:50 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Geronimo'

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26 April 2021 05:07:36 Kickapoo Changes to place associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 'GERONIMO'

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26 April 2021 05:03:19 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 'GERONIMO'

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26 April 2021 04:54:37 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23774

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26 April 2021 04:12:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Geronimo'

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26 April 2021 01:55:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Hitler's Nightmare'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 01:47:37 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
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Best Web - B-24 - '774' - 'Geronimo' - 'Hitler's Nightmare'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 01:45:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '774' - 'Geronimo' - 'Hitler's Nightmare'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 01:43:50 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - '774' - 'Geronimo' - 'Hitler's Nightmare'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 00:58:24 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23744 - '774' - 'Hitler's Nightmare' - 'Geronimo'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 00:53:10 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23744 - '774' - 'Hitler's Nightmare' - 'Geronimo'

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 00:08:33 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - 'HITLER'S NIGHTMARE' - 'GERONIMO'

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2021 20:25:16 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Date Contributor Update
13 February 2021 20:24:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Date Contributor Update
13 February 2021 20:22:19 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
13 February 2021 19:54:12 Kickapoo Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description and unit associations
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