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B-24 Liberator #41-24215 'Dogpatch Raider' a war weary B-24 re-tasked as a high visibility formation assembly ship for the 445th BG. Was originally a 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF plane named 'Lucky' which too part in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 409th Bomb Group
  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24215 'Lucky' 'Dogpatch Raider'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #41-24215 'Lucky Gordon', sometimes called just 'Lucky', was originally an aircraft of the 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily. After returning to the ETO and further missions...


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 12:59:39 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 12:57:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and mission associations