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A B-24 Liberator of the 389th Bomb Group fitted with an experimental M-10 rocket launcher. Handwritten caption on reverse: '15/12/44, 316.' Also Handwritten caption on reverse: '389BG Hethel, 15/12/44. M-10 rocket test on ex-489BG bed.' Second Handwritten caption on reverse: '316/RF, WD/390/6/8. 489BG B-24 being fitted with tail rocket launcher at Hethel, 12/15/44.'
42-50290 'Martha R'.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A B-24 Liberator of the 389th Bomb Group fitted with an experimental M-10 rocket launcher. Handwritten caption on reverse: '15/12/44, 316.' Also Handwritten caption on reverse: '389BG Hethel, 15/12/44. M-10 rocket test on ex-489BG bed.' Second Handwritten caption on reverse: '316/RF, WD/390/6/8. 489BG B-24 being fitted with tail rocket launcher at Hethel, 12/15/44.'

Connections

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-50290 Martha R

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 389th Bomb Group in April 1944 as a replacement ship. Declared 'War Weary' in September and fitted with an M-10 Rocket launcher in December 1944. Later loaned to the 458th Bomb Group. Sent to 3rd Strategic Air Depot in May 1945 and salvaged...

Locations

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2022 08:14:07 Libfan Changes to caption
Sources

Bob Livingstone research

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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