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44-40461

B-24J-165-CO

 

44-40462 had grayed out stars, so this plane probably did too.

 

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

Any combat with the 493BG is not known to me.

Transferred to the 34BG between June 7th and June 20th 1944, assigned to the 4th Squadron as D/G.

Arrived at Mendlesham at 1505 hours on June 11, 1944.

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman (deputy lead)

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40461 D/G Foster (ground spare)

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Heath

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G Mardson  (or Marsdon) (ground spare taken over by Culver)

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G 391BS Culver

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 44-40461 D/G scheduled for Notman but replaced.

                       June 27, 1944 44-40461 D/G Notman  Weather Ship

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Lewis

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 44-40461 D/G Zorfoss (ground spare lead)

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40461 D/G (scheduled for Notman but replaced)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40461 D/B 7BS Bush (lead)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Armstrong

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Howard

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40461 D/B 18BS Blackburn

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40461 D/B (scheduled for Mackey but replaced)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40461 D/B 7BS McAllister

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Israelsen

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40461 D/B 18BS Runyan

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Johanson

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Heath

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman (slight battle damage one crewman wounded)

 

December 14, 1944 Transferred to MTO

 

MISSION DETAILS

June 11, 1944 44-40461 pilot unknown

Arrived from Debach at 1505 hours.

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman (deputy lead)

Took off at 1758 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead, position 1-2 in Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 2058 hours from 23,000 feet.

Slight battle damage reported.

Landed 2219 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

Notman (P)

Griffith (PN)

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40461 D/G Foster (ground spare)

 

June 23, 1944 44-40461 D/G McAllister

Took off at 1741 on a local flight.

Landed 1829 hours.

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Heath

Took off at 0445 hours.

Flew in Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0817 hours from 21,920 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1013 hours.

Heath (P)

Bowen (CP)

Deering (N)

Gellatti (N2)

Luhrsen (B) (a write-in)

Taylor (R)

Seamons (E)

Birko (TG)

Bland (NG)

Crews (G)

 

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G Marsdon (ground spare taken over by Culver)

Mission #23 June 24, 1944 44-40461 D/G 391BS Culver

Took off at 1628 hours.

Flew position 1-3 in High Squadron.

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

No damage reported.

Landed 2056 hours.

Culver (P)

Marsden (CP) (pilot of Crew #62)

Hunter (B)

Hoffman (R)

Daniels (E)

Denny (BG)

Morellino (TG)

Neverman (NG)

Crawford (G)

 

Mission #25 June 25, 1944 44-40461 D/G scheduled for Notman but replaced.

 

                       June 27, 1944 44-40461 D/G Notman 

Took off at 1411 hours on a Weather Ship mission.

Landed 1751 hours.

 

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Lewis

Took off at 0548 hours in this second plane and rejoined the formation.

Flew position 4-2 in Low Squadron (Lead and High Squadron were from the 486th BG)

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

Recalled at 0710 hours while 15 miles NW of La Havre.

No damage reported.

Landed 0827 hours.

Lewis (P)

Klier (CP)

Gillespie (N)

Jackovich (B)

Stoltz (R)

McBlaine (E)

Chaple (BG)

Bynum (TG)

Camden (NG)

Picher (G)

 

Mission #28 June 29, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman (One crewmember Wounded. Major damage to the plane.)

Took off at 0525 hours.

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

Landed 1208 hours.

Notman (P)

Uscinowicz (CP)

Griffith (N)

Walcott (N2)

Nelson (B)

Conklin (R)

Boyson (E)

Crosby (BG)

Escherich (TG)

Wolfe (NG) (a write-in)

Cockman (G)

 

July 6, 1944 44-40461 D/G Barbier

Took off at 1501 hours on a Navigation flight.

Landed 1745 hours.

 

Mission #32 July 8, 1944 44-40461 D/G Zorfoss (ground spare lead)

 

July 8, 1944 44-40461 D/G Notman

Took off at 1334 hours.

Landed 1411 hours.

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40461 D/G (scheduled for Notman but replaced)

 

July 17, 1944 44-40461 D/G Notman

Took off at 1131 hours on a flight to Woodale.

Landed 1755 hours.

 

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40461 D/G 4BS Notman

 

July 19, 1944 44-40461 D/G Howard

Took off at 1637 hours.

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

Landed 1834 hours.

 

July 20, 1944 44-40461 D/G Howard

Took off at 1115 hours for a practice mission.

Landed 1324 hours.

 

July 20, 1944 44-40461 D/G Notman

Took off at 1440 hours on a flight to the bombing range.

Landed 1555 hours.

 

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40461 D/B 7BS Bush (lead)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Armstrong

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Howard

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40461 D/B 18BS Blackburn

Mission #52 August 5, 1944 44-40461 D/B (scheduled for Mackey but replaced)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40461 D/B 7BS McAllister

Mission #55 August 8, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Israelsen

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman

Mission #58 August 13, 1944 44-40461 D/B 18BS Runyan

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Johanson

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Heath

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40461 D/B 4BS Notman (slight battle damage one crewman wounded)

 

December 14, 1944 Transferred to MTO