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"Dazzlin' Dutchess and the Ten Dukes" B-24H-10-CF Liberator 42-64500 743rd Bombardment Squadron, 455th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. 21 April 1944. Shown after having nose-wheel failure while taking off. The gear wouldn't raise.



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    455th Bomb Group

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  • 743rd Bomb Squadron

    743rd Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment unit in mid-1943; assigned to II Bomber Command for training. Primarily trained in New Mexico and Utah received deployment orders for the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) in November 1943....

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  • 42-64500 Dazzlin' Dutchess and the Ten Dukes

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 743BS, 455BG, 15AF USAAF. Departed the US for Italy on 22-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) mission. Left formation en route to target on reciprocal heading after crew reported serious fuel leak. Crashed Piatra, Rumania 11-Jun-44. 9 POW 1 KIA....


Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 11:55:40 Al_Skiff Changes to caption

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 11:04:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and unit associations