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44-40421

B-24J-160-CO

 

Transferred from the 493rd BG where it was Ole Sack. (This according to Wally Forman.)

The name may have been retained, but could also have been changed.

 

A 493BG Original, squadron and letter unknown

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

Transferred to the 34BG between May 23rd and June 6th 1944, assigned to the 18th Squadron as B/F.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Coupland

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40421 B/F (lead ground spare not used)

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40421 B/F 7BS Hayes (ground spare - not used)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40421 B/F Gardner (ground spare)

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F 4BS Marks

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley (lead)

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40421 B/F Meyer (Airborne spare)

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley (deputy lead)

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 44-40421 B/F 391BS Baker

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40421 B/F scheduled for Smith, J. C., but replaced

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40421 B/F 7BS Dees         apparently did not take off.

Mission #35 July 14, 1944 44-40421 B/F (ground spare lead)

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F Gardner, H. (Weather ship)

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (deputy lead)

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40421 B/C 7BS Terry

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40421 B/C 7BS Gardner, H.

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40421 B/C 391BS Marsden

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare)

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare lead)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls (lead Target #3)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare lead)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40421 B/C 4BS Simpson

 

October 1944 Work in progress at Hanger 4, B.A.D. 2, Warton.

 

Transferred to the MTO.

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

May 31, 1944 44-40421 Hardison (was soon to be B/F, if not already)

Took off at 1216 hours on a "Bomb." flight.

Landed 1416 hours.

 

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Coupland

Took off at 0615 hours from Hardstand #16.

Flew position 4-1 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Due to 10/10 clouds, brought all bombs back to base.

No damage reported.

Landed 1217 hours.

#1 Generator inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

Coupland (P)

Robinson (CP)

McNeill (B)

Jordan (E)

Hicks (R)

Rosenweig (BG)

Zapach (NG)

Burnett (TG)

Wells (G)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40421 B/F (lead ground spare not used)

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40421 B/F 7BS Hayes (ground spare - not used)

Hayes (P)

Anderson (CP)

Maw (N)

McPherson (B)

Bowers (R)

Gibbons (E)

Gray (G)

Murphy (G)

Rockey (G)

Duffelmier (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40421 B/F Gardner (ground spare)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F 4BS Marks

Took off at 1856 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped 50 bombs on the Primary at 2100 hours from 22,900 feet. Brought 2 bombs back to base.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2241 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley (lead)

Took off at 1440 hours from Hardstand #16.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

Carried 50 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1916 hours from 20,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2159 hours.

Hartley (P)

Young (Command Pilot)

Dunn (CP)

Patterson (N)

McCall (PN)

Whiting (B)

Bullik (R)

Keith (E)

Jackson (BG)

Beckwith (TG)

Bernardo (NG)

Blackwell (G)

 

June 23, 1944 44-40421 B/F Ralls

Took off at 1642 hours on a local flight

Landed 1736 hours.

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls

Took off at 0430 hours.

Flew Lead of High Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0817 hours from 22,500 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 1005 hours.

Ralls (P)

Simpson (Command Pilot) Capt

Westman (CP)

Juris (N)

Wanfried (N2)

Parenteau (B)

Hughey (R)

Gabel (E)

Markes (BG)

Kowalczyk (TG)

Zelenski (NG)

Moran (G)

 

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

Took off at 1539 hours.

Flew Lead of Lead Squadron.

Carried 6 1000 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary at 2022 hours from 20,000 feet.

Minor damage reported.

Landed 2232 hours.

Ralls (P)

LeBaily (Command Pilot)

Westman (CP)

Juris (N)

Wanfried (N2)

Parenteau (B)

Hughey (R)

Gabel (E)

Markes (BG)

Kowalczyk (TG)

Zelenski (NG)

Moran (G)

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40421 B/F Meyer (Airborne spare)

Took off at 0543 hours.

Flew as Airborne Spare.

Landed 1207 hours.

Meyer (P)

Haggins (CP)

Sawtell (B)

Jerome (R)

Medart (E) (from Crew #55)

Proctor (BG)

Harris (TG)

Harju (NG)

Reisson (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley

Took off at 1008 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead position 1-2 of A Group, with target of Haute Cote.

Carried 18 250 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1344/35 hours from 22,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1450 hours.

Hartley (P)

Dunn (CP)

Patterson (N)

McCall (PN)

Whiting (B)

Bullick (R)

Keith (E)

Jackson (BG)

Beckwith (TG)

Bernardo (NG)

Blackwell (G)

 

Mission #30 July 6, 1944 44-40421 B/F Baker

 

July 8, 1944 44-40421 B/F Ralls

Took off at 1048 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1201 hours.

 

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40421 B/F scheduled for Smith, J. C., but replaced

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40421 B/F 7BS Dees         apparently did not take off.

Mission #35 July 14, 1944 44-40421 B/F (ground spare lead)

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (lead)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Hartley

 

July 19, 1944 44-40421 B/F Young

Took off at 1755 hours on a flight to Sudbury (with a crew to retrieve 904?)

Landed 1832 hours.

 

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F Gardner, H. (Weather ship)

 

July 20, 1944 44-40421 B/F Ralls

Took off at 1456 hours on a flight to the bombing range.

Landed 1653 hours.

 

July 21, 1944 44-40421 B/F Ralls

Took off at 1345 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1452 hours.

Mission #41 July 24, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls

 

Mission #42 July 25, 1944 44-40421 B/F 18BS Ralls (deputy lead)

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40421 B/C 7BS Terry

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40421 B/C 7BS Gardner, H.

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40421 B/C 391BS Marsden

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare)

Mission #50 August 3, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls

Mission #54 August 7, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare lead)

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40421 B/C 18BS Ralls (lead Target #3)

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40421 B/C (ground spare lead)

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40421 B/C 4BS Simpson

 

October 1944 Work in progress at Hanger 4, B.A.D. 2, Warton.

 

Transferred to the MTO.