44-40283 Lassie Come Home

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40283) nicknamed "Lassie Come Home" of the 458th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '44-40283- Lassie Come Home- Tracy Pilot.'

Object Number - FRE 1926 - The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40283) nicknamed "Lassie Come Home" of the 458th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse:...

Employed as a 'mother' ship on Aphrodite [remote controlled, explosive packed flying bomber] project.
Crashed 14 January 1945, with the loss of 8 crew and two civilian children. A full account of the crash can be found here: http://www.458bg.com/crewdiehl.htm

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Units served with

Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35224326
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 02065134
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39320527
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0718579
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Places

Missions

  • Date: 4 August 1944
  • Date: 6 August 1944

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Taint A Bird II
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group Base Air Depot 1 334th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date12 Jan 2016 13:35:38
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date23 Dec 2015 12:32:12
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons

Date7 Apr 2015 14:38:36
Contributorusxpat

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