B-24 Liberators of the 467th Bomb Group lined up at RAF Welford. B-24 (4z-E+, serial number 42-94910) is visible in the foreground. It was taken during the first couple of days (most likely 15 or 16 Sept 1944) of the ‘Trucking Missions” that started 12 Sept 1944. The 467th had a key role in ferrying fuel to bases on the continent to support Patton’s 3rd Army. Prior to Rackheath being ready to support the transfer of fuel, the 467th (along with other bomb groups of the 2nd AD) used the RAF bases at Welford, Horsham and Beaulieu.
The foremost aircraft in the front row is B-24H-20-FO "No Name” 42-94910. The aircraft immediate behind ‘910' is B-24H-15-CF "Tender Comrade” 41-29369. Next is B-24H-20-DT 'Wolves Inc.' 41-28981 and then B-24H-15-CF 'Slick Chick' 41-29388. The next is thought to be B-24J-140-CO "Old Iron Pants/The Perfect Lady” 42-110168. In the rear row, the first aircraft can’t be identified. The second aircraft is B-24H-20-FO ’No Name' 42-94963. Next is B-24H-15-CF 'Slugger Jr.' 41-29397. The next aircraft can’t be determined. The next, and last identified, is our favorite...B-24H-15-FO “Witchcraft" 42-52534.
It is thought that the aircraft in the very far distance on the left are gliders (CG-4a’s?) used by the 101st Airborne that was stationed at Welford.
Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Rackheath.'
IWM catalogue record
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B-24 Liberators of the 467th Bomb Group lined up at Rackheath. B-24 (4z-E+, serial number 42-94910) is visible in the foreground. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Rackheath.'
The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...
B-24 disappeared into a cloud bank on its return from a mission to Stuttgart, Germany, on 4 March 1945. It crashed into the North Sea and only two of the crew, Sgt Perry and Sgt Moskowitz, were picked up in rescue launches. They thought the aircraft...
The B-24 Liberator nicknamed Witchcraft (serial number 42-52534, Q2-M) was flown by the 790th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group, and is famous for completing the most missions of
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Welford was planned as an RAF bomber Operational Training Unit, but was instead allocated to the USAAF for use as a transport airfield. It was built in 1943 to a standard design, with a 6,000 foot runway with two shorter runways, hardstandings and two...