The lead plane is dressed up in polka dots to help pilots identify their own formation. - Consolidated B-24J-145-CO Liberator 44-40066 named "S.O.L." from the 753rd BS, 458th BG, 8th Af. Salvaged on November 14,1944.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A49573-K2471.
The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...
Originally assigned to the 492nd BG and flown overseas by the Handwright crew. Flew three missions with the 858th BS, 492nd BG and was then transferred to the 856th BS, thence to 753rd BS, 458th BG after being fitted for AZON delivery of Aphrodite...