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41-29522 Dynamite’n Dodo (the original)

B-24H-15-CF

 

A 34th BG Original.

 

This plane was flown to England by the Noble Wright crew but was transferred to the 486BG before they ever flew a mission in it. For the Wright crew it was replaced by 42-52755 which was also named Dynamite ‘N Dodo.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-29522 D/F 4BS Dreher (Airborne spare – returned early)

 

Transferred to the 486BG. It kept the name Dynamite’n Dodo while with the 486BG.

 

486BG Mission #17 June 6, 1944 41-29522 N/E Paynter

486BG Mission #18 June 7, 1944 41-29522 N/E Stuart

486BG Mission #20 June 11, 1944 41-29522 N/E Stuart

486BG Mission #24 June 16, 1944 41-29522 N/E unused spare

486BG Mission #25 June 17, 1944 41-29522 N/E Kite  Aborted?

486BG Mission #27 June 20, 1944 41-29522 N/E Treese

486BG Mission #36 July 1, 1944 41-29522 D/E unused spare

486BG Mission #38 July 4, 1944 41-29522 D/B unused spare

486BG Mission #44 July 14, 1944 41-29522 D/H unused spare

486BG Mission #46 July 18, 1944 41-29522 D/H Cole

 

Transferred to the 34BG. It apparently kept the name Dynamite’n Dodo while back with the 34BG.

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 41-29522 B/W Whitlock

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 41-29522 B/W Whitlock

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

                     May 29, 1944 41-29522 ?/? Wright

Took off at 1355 hours on a Local flight.

Landed 1747 hours.

 

Mission #7 May 30, 1944 41-29522 D/F 4BS Dreher (Airborne spare)

Took off at 0712 hours from Hardstand #11.

Flew as Airborne Spare. Was not needed and therefore returned to base early.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. All bombs returned to base.

Landed 0943 hours.

Dreher (P)

Rowley (CP)

Grabowski (N)

Humphrey (B)

Forester (R)

Blackham (E)

Golden (NG)

Johnson, W. (BG)

Erisch (TG)

Reschke (G)

 

                     May 30, 1944 41-29522 D/F Wright

Took off at 1646 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1747 hours.

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 41-29522 B/W Whitlock

Took off from Mendlesham at 0450 hours.

Flew Lead of a 493BG Squadron attacking Juvincourt.

Carried 6 500 lb bombs and dropped on Primary target at 0840 hours from 21,100 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed at Mendlesham at 1032 hours. No equipment problems reported.

Capt. Whitlock (P)

2Lt Brenner (CP)

2Lt McQueen (N)

1Lt Gleason (N2)

2Lt Ryan (B)

T/Sgt Wilber (R)

T/Sgt Shepard (E)

S/Sgt Moffit (G)

S/Sgt Duke (G)

S/Sgt Rositzke (G)

Seelman (rank and position not given, probably the CA)

Flados (B) (rank not given)

 

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 41-29522 B/W Whitlock

Took off from Mendlesham at 0900 hours.

Flew Lead of a 493BG Squadron, Group A, target Oriel

Carried 6 500 lb bombs but did not drop. Conflicting reports blame faulty GH equipment & a rack malfunction – racks frozen.

Landed at Mendlesham at 1550 hours with #2 engine out. Engine to be changed.

Capt. Whitlock (P)

2Lt Brenner (CP)

2Lt McQueen (N)

1Lt Gleason (N2)

2Lt Ryan (B)

T/Sgt Wilber (R)

T/Sgt Shepard (E)

S/Sgt Moffit (G)

S/Sgt Duke (G)

S/Sgt Rositzke (G)

Hale (CA) (rank not given)

 

Later transferred to 406BS (Night Leaflet) painted black.

 

Crashed into trees on returning from a mission on the night of 11/12 December 1944.