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B-24D Liberator - # 42-40738 - 'The Oklahoman' shown with pilot, John C. "Jack" Martin from Tishomingo, Oklahoma, who named, 'THE OKLAHOMAN'. The aircraft was lost - shot down over St. Nazaire, France, by a direct burst of flak. Flying 'THE OKLAHOMAN' on that day, was Lt. Mason and his crew, who normally flew in the B-24D, 'FIGHTIN' SAM' - #42-40506. Lt. Mason was the sole survivor of the loss, and was taken prisoner. POW. Dec 5,1943. - Copilot Lt. Eldon N. Colby was flying next to 'THE OKLAHOMAN' on his first mission as a pilot, in the B-24D, 'TOUCH OF TEXAS' - #42-40751. Pieces of the exploding B-24, 'THE OKLAHOMAN' hit his and several other aircraft.



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  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...


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