Skip to main content

Close formation flying is the secret of success of American daylight assaults against Europe, for in so flying, each bomber afofrds mutual protection to the others. The basic element of all bomber formations, whether large or small, is the element of three silver Consolidated B-24 Liberators, with their red tails contrasting with the blue backdrop. Each moves in harmony with the others as though they were tied together by unseen strings. Europe 498th BG. - Z5-S B-24H 42-95165 Cookie, 42-40066 J4-V SOL, Z5-D B-24J 42-50456 Dorothy Kay Special.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A15672-53768AC.



  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron


  • 44-40066 S.O.L.

    B-24 Liberator
    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...

  • 42-50456 'Dorothy Kay Special'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 856BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF 12 x missions. Transferred to 458th BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-95165 'Cookie'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 21:03:43 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations