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Ground crewmen of the 467th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator B-24 Liberator (Q2-M_, serial number 42-52534) nicknamed "Witchcraft". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Ground crew, Standing Crew Chief Joe Ramirez, Chamberlin. Front Row Walter Elliot, Geo Dong, Joe Vetter, Ray Betcher.'



  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...


  • Raymond Betcher

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic
    Mechanic on 'Witchcraft' which flew 130 non abort missions over Europe duriing WWII. (A 16 scale model is suspended from ceiling in this museum.) Named his engine "Doris + ?". (Ray's wife was pregnant at the time he named the engine!)

  • Joe Ramirez

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Ground Crew Chief
    Joe Ramirez was Crew Chief on B-24 'Witchcraft'. It flew 130 missions without a mechanical abort. He was award the Bronze Star for that accomplishment. He named his engine "Tortilla".


  • 42-52534 'Witchcraft'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator nicknamed Witchcraft (serial number 42-52534, Q2-M) was flown by the 790th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group, and is famous for completing the most missions of ...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:17 AAM AAM ingest

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