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B-24 Liberator 42-52768 "Leo" of the 493rd Bomb Group. The nose art was painted by the artist Phillip S Brinkman.



  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 860th Bomb Squadron


  • Phillip Brinkman

    Military | Corporal | Draftsman
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF as 'Draftsman' as the aircorp had no definition for an artist !! Notable nose art artist. Bio: -


  • 42-52768 'Leo'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assignments: 834th BS, 486th BG, 8th AF (coded 2S-E) - Missions [7] - 27 May 44 7th BS, 34th BG, 8th AF (coded K) - Missions [6] - 11 Jun 44 860th BS, 493rd BG, 8th AF (K) - Missions [20] Jun - at least [19] Jul 44 BAD 2 (end 1944) RZI 25-Sep-45.


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 21:27:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations