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Master Sergeant Joe Ramirez, Corporal Joe Vetter, Sergeant Ray Betcher and Staff Sergeant George Dong of the 467th Bomb Group with a B-24 Liberator (B-24H-15, serial number 42-52534) nicknamed "Witchcraft". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'M/Sgt Joe Ramirez, Cpt Joe Vetter, Sgt Ray Betcher, S/Sgt Geo Dong. 467 BG, 13/4/44.'

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Master Sergeant Joe Ramirez, Captain Joe Jetter, Sergeant Ray Betcher and Staff Sergeant Geo Dong of the 467th Bomb Group with a B-24 Liberator (Q2-M_, serial number 42-52534) nicknamed "Witchcraft". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'M/Sgt Joe Ramirez, Cpt Joe Vetter, Sgt Ray Betcher, S/Sgt Geo Dong. 467 BG, 13/4/44.'

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Units

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • 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!)

  • George Dong

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew Chief
    Named his engine "Chinamen's Chance".

  • 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".

  • Joseph Vetter

    Military

Aircraft

  • 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 ...

Locations

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 20:47:10 Daughter Changes to caption
Sources

Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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