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B-24D - 'TOUCH OF TEXAS' - 8th AF - 389th BG - 566th BS - RCL - D. - Flown by 1st. Lt. Eldon Neil Colby, on his first mission as a Pilot, after being the CoPilot on his original aircraft 'THE OKLAHOMAN' - # 42-40738. He was flying alongside 'THE OKLAHOMAN' in 'TOUCH OF TEXAS' (5 Dec 43) when 'THE OKLAHOMAN' was hit by a direct burst of flak, carrying the Mason Crew, who normally flew in 'FIGHTIN' SAM - # 42-40506). The aircraft was blown apart, with Mason being the sole survivor (POW).

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  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...

  • 42-40751 'Touch of Texas'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40751 later named 'Touch of Texas' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William J Denton, returning safely to Libya. ...

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Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 18:17:11 Kickapoo Created entry with caption and aircraft associations
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