UPL 15196


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B-24 Liberator 41-23733 'Skipper' 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, aborting before the target due to mechanical difficulties, returning to Libya.


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Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Skippy Skipper
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron


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