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44-40267 Bad Penny II

B-24J-155-CO

 

A 493BG Original, assigned to the 860th Squadron as letter L.

Any combat missions with the 493BG are not known to me.

Transferred to the 34BG between June 2nd and June 11th 1944, assigned to the 18th Squadron as B/R.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40267 B/R 4BS Johanson (Airborne spare)

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Blackburn

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 391BS Erwin

                       June 25, 1944 44-40267 B/A Blackburn Weather Ship

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Ralls (lead)

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40267 B/A Hartley

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40267 B/A McAllister  Weather Ship

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 44-40267 B/A 4BS Notman

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 44-40267 B/A (scheduled for Hartley but replaced)

Mission #43 July 27, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Dees

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley (lead)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Paulnock

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40267 B/A Terry

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40267 B/A (ground spare –lead)

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley (lead)

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40267 B/A 391BS Ray (lead)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40267 B/A Dees (ground spare)

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Gipson

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40267 B/A (ground spare – lead)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Parrish

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40267 B/A 7BS Whitlock

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Paulnock (Aborted mechanical, Brought back bombs)

                       August 16, 1944 44-40267 B/A “Bad Penny” declared salvage with battle damage.

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40267 B/R 4BS Johanson

Took off 0456 hours

Airborne Spare.

Flew the mission with the Low Squadron probably taking position 3-3 where Paulnock would have been.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. One bomb dropped, result unobserved. Brought back 11 bombs.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 1042 hours

Johanson (P)

Griffis (CP)

McWay (N)

Lombardo (B)

Trotter (R)

Copeland (E)

Hunter (NG)

Andrianola (TG)

Sadowski (BG)

Nichols (G) (from crew #13 Heath)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)        

Took off at 0521 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in Low Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped 33 bombs on the Primary. No time or altitude recorded. Jettisoned 19 bombs.

No damage reported.

Landed 1127 hours.

Hartley (P)

Dunn (CP)

Patterson (N)

McCall (PN)

Whiting (B)

Billik (R)

Keith (E)

Jackson (BG)

Beckwith (TG)

Bernardo (NG)

Blackwell (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40267 B/R 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

Took off at 1631 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2021 hours from 17,850 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2253 hours.

Hartley (P)

Dunn (CP)

Patterson (N)

McCall (PN)

Whiting (B)

Billik (R)

Keith (E)

Jackson (BG)

Beckwith (TG)

Bernardo (NG)

Blackwell (G)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Took off at 1748 hours.

Flew Lead of Group B (18th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2057 hours from 23,200 feet.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2207 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

Hartley (P)

Simpson (Command Pilot)

McColl (PN)

 

                       June 22, 1944 44-40267 B/A Simpson

Took off at 1415 hours on a flight to Whorton.

No landing time reported.

Simpson (P)           Capt.

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Blackburn

Took off at 0430 hours.

Flew in High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0817 hours from 22,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1016 hours.

Blackburn (P) (a write-in, taking over Crew #43)

Lian (CP)

Orr (N)

Mollenberg (N2)

Rankin (B) (a write-in)

Oyster (R)

Hubler (E)

Puska (BG)

Snyder (TG)

Denter (NG)

Wolf (G)

 

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 391BS Erwin

Took off at 1625 hours.

Flew position 2-1 in High Squadron.

Carried 24 250 lb GP bombs. Brought all bombs back to base. Target unidentified.

No damage reported.

Landed 2058 hours.

Erwin (P)
Scholle (CP)

Gombert (N)

Jones, R. (B)

O’Leary (R)

Lamar (E)

Babcock (BG)

Blagrave (TG)

Warner (NG)

Clausen (G)

 

                       June 25, 1944 44-40267 B/A Blackburn Weather Ship,

Took off at 1459 hours.

Landed 1739 hours.

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Took off at 0533 hours.

Flew Lead of Low Squadron.

Landed 1211 hours.

C-1 Auto Pilot out. Inspected and repaired.

Hartley (P)

Simpson (Command Pilot)                  Capt

Dunn (CP)

Patterson (N)

McCall (PN)

Whiting (B)

Bullik (R)

Keith (E)

Jackson (BG)

Beckwith (TG)

Bernardo (NG)

Blackwell (G)

 

                       July 2, 1944 44-40267 Avriett

Took off at 1725 hours for a local flight.

Landed 1915 hours.

 

Mission #31 July 6, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Ralls (lead)

 

Mission #32a July 8, 1944 44-40267 B/A Hartley

This second mission of the day was scrubbed.

 

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40267 B/A Hartley

 

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40267 B/A McAllister  Weather Ship

Took off at 0410 hours on a Weather mission.

Landed 0704 hours.

 

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Slight flak damage.

 

                       July 19, 1944 44-40267 B/A Winsor (spelled Windsor)

Took off at 1626 hours.

Was this a practice mission? Part of a group of 11 planes.

Landed 1829 hours.

 

                       July 20, 1944 44-40267 B/A Hartley

Took off at 1124 hours on a camera mission.

Landed 1320 hours.

 

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 44-40267 B/A 4BS Notman

Bank & turn indicator out. Interphone system inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

 

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 44-40267 B/A (scheduled for Hartley but replaced)

Mission #43 July 27, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Dees

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley (lead)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Paulnock

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40267 B/A Terry

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40267 B/A (ground spare –lead)

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley (lead)

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40267 B/A 391BS Ray (lead)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40267 B/A Dees (ground spare)

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Gipson

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40267 B/A (ground spare – lead)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Parrish

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40267 B/A 7BS Whitlock

 

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40267 B/A 18BS Paulnock

Aborted mechanical, Brought back bombs.

Reported as crash-landed returning from operational activity.

Paulnock, Russell S. (P)

 

                       August 16, 1944 44-40267 B/A “Bad Penny” declared salvage with battle damage.