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44-40463

B-24J-165-CO

 

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

 

A 493BG Original, squadron and letter unknown

No combat missions with the 493BG.

Transferred to the 34BG between May 30th and June 6th 1944, assigned to the 4th Squadron as D/A.

 

MISSION LIST

Formerly with 493BG

 

Transferred to 34BG

 

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

Mission #13 June 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Marks

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40463 D/A (scheduled for Johansen but replaced)

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (deputy lead)

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40463 D/A Isrealson (ground spare- lead)

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson (deputy lead)

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (lead)

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson (lead)

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (deputy lead)

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Isrealson

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Notman

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Notman (lead)

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Hartley    apparently did not take off.

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40463 D/A Murphy (ground spare – lead)

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey (lead)

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Harmon

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A Foster (ground spare – taken over and flown by Harmon)

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Simpson

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey (deputy lead)

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Ralls

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40463 D/A (ground spare)

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Gardner, H.

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Ralls

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Harris, C. W.

 

Transferred to the 466 BG.

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

                     May 30, 1944 44-40463 Blair

Took off at 1643 hours on a flight to Honington.

Landed 1704 hours. (at Honington?)

 

Mission #11 June 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

Took off at 0622 hours from Hardstand #9.

Flew position 3-2 in High Squadron.

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

No damage reported.

Landed 1221 hours.

#1 Prop Governor inoperative; #2 Generator inoperative. Inspected and repaired.

Tuttle, D. E. (P)

Strong, E. (CP)

Rogers, E. V. (B)

Henry, G. E. (E)

Chatoian, L. (R)

Pell, E. W. (AG)

Marshall, W. L. (G)

Touhill, L. J. (G)

 

Mission #12 June 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Tuttle

Took off at 1707 hours.

Flew position 2-2 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

Aborted due to weather. Could not find the formation.

No damage report.

Landed 2106 hours at A.B.

Tuttle (P)

Strong (CP)

Gullace (N)

Henry (E)

Chateion (R)

Pell (G)

Havron (G)

Marshall (G)

Touhill (G)

 

Mission #13 June 7, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Marks

Took off at 1655 hours.

Flew position 3-2 in Lead Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb GP bombs. Failed to bomb due to weather. Brought all bombs back.

No damage report.

Landed at 0015 hours on June 8th at Grandley.

Marks (P)

Turko (CP)

Goetsch (N)

Merwin (B)

Wood (R)

Neel (E)

Cole (G)

Nolan (G)

Cresiski (G)

Baglio (G) (from crew #1)

 

Mission #14 June 11, 1944 44-40463 D/A (scheduled for Johansen but replaced)

 

                       June 11, 1944 44-40463 Salveson

Took off at 1447 hours for the Otmoor range.

Landed 1756 hours.

 

Mission #15 June 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (deputy lead)

Took off at 0514 hours.

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

Carried 24 250 lb bombs. Dropped 22 bombs on the Primary at 0910 hours from 23,000 feet. Jettisoned 2 bombs.

No battle damage.

Landed 1110 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Bice (CP)

Kleinfall (N)

Reed (N2)

Jones (B)

Van Buskirk (R)

Markham (E)

Ashley (NG)

Abraham (BG)

Barclay (G)

 

Mission #17 June 17, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen (ground spare- lead)

Took off at 1703 hours on Local flight.

Landed 1836 hours.

 

Mission #18 June 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (deputy lead)

Took off at 0445 hours.

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

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0915 hours from 23,000 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1137 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Dreher (CP)

Reed (N)

Kleinfall (N)

Jones (B)

Van Buskirk (R)

Markham (E)

Ashley (NG)

Abraham (BG)

Barclay (G)

Rickette (TG) (no assigned crew)

 

Mission #19 June 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (lead)

Took off at 1757 hours.

Flew Lead of Group C (4th)

Carried 52 100 lb GP bombs. Dropped 3 bombs on the Primary at 2100 hours from 23,000 feet. Brought 49 bombs back to base.

No battle damage reported.

Landed 2242 hours.

No Crew Loading List available.

Heath (P)

Eaton (Command Pilot)

Golterman (PN)

 

Mission #20 June 22, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Took off at 1458 hours from Hardstand #8.

Flew Lead of Low Squadron.

Carried 46 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1918 hours from 19,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 2207 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Burton (Command Pilot)

Dreher (CP)

Reed (N)

Kleinfall (N)

Jones, S. (B)

Van Buskirk (R)

Markham (E)

Abraham (BG)

Ricketts (TG) (a write-in)

Ashley (NG)

Barclay (G)

 

                       June 23, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen

Took off at 1633 hours on a local flight.

Landed 1818 hours.

 

Mission #22 June 24, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen

Took off at 0438 hours.

Flew Lead of Lead Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0817 hours from 21,800 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1011 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Eaton (Command Pilot)                       Major

Dreher (CP)

Reed (N)

Kleinfall (N)

Jones, S. (B)

Van Buskirk (R)

Markham (E)

Abraham (BG)

Ricketts (TG) (a write-in)

Ashley (NG)

Barclay (G)

 

Mission #24 June 25, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Heath (deputy lead)

Took off at 0420 hours.

Flew Deputy Lead of the 34th BG Squadron, flying with 2 493rd BG Squadrons.

Carried 52 100 lb bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 0825 hours from 19,650 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1046 hours.

Heath (P)

Bowen (CP)

Kleinfall (N) (a write-in)

Gellatti (N2)

Deering (B)

Taylor (R)

Seamons (E)

Birko (TG)

Bland (NG)

Crews (G)

 

                       June 25, 1944 44-40463 D/A Blair

Took off at 1501 hours on a flight to Duckshall Range.

Landed 1747 hours.

 

Mission #27 June 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen

Took off at 0400 hours.

Flew Lead of 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 0824 hours.

Israelsen (P)

Hershenow (Command Pilot)

Dreher (CP)

Reed (N)         

Kleinfall (N)

Jones, S. (B)

Van Buskirk (R)

Markham (E)

Abraham (BG)

Ricketts (TG) (a write-in)

Ashley (NG)

Barclay (G)

 

Mission #29 July 2, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Notman

Took off at 1000 hours.

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

Carried 18 250 lb bombs. Brought all bombs back to base due to 10/10 undercast and failure of GH equipment in the Lead plane.

No damage reported.

Landed 1517 hours.

Notman (P)

Uscinowicz (CP)

Griffith (N)

Walcott (N2)

Nelson (B)

Peterman (R) (from Crew #2)

Boyson (E)

Crosby (BG)

Escherich (TG)

Hensler (NG) (a write-in)

Cockman (G)

 

                       July 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A Heath

Took off at 1404 hours on a flight to the bombing range.

Landed 1533 hours.

 

                       July 8, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen

Took off at 1341 hours on a flight to the practice range.

Landed 1736 hours. (Second digit not real clear, over written)

 

Mission #33 July 9, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A originally scheduled for Hartley but he did not take off.

This plane was however flown by Notman on this mission.

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Notman (lead)

 

Mission #34 July 12, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Hartley    apparently did not take off.

Mission #36 July 17, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #37 July 18, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey

Mission #38 July 19, 1944 44-40463 D/A Murphy (ground spare – lead)

 

                       July 19, 1944 44-40463 D/A Israelsen

Took off at 1620 hours.

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

Landed 1833 hours.

 

Mission #39 July 20, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen

Mission #40 July 21, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey (lead)

Mission #44 July 27, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Harmon

Mission #45 July 28, 1944 44-40463 D/A Foster (ground spare – taken over and flown by Harmon)

Mission #48 August 1, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Simpson

Mission #49 August 2, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Mackey (deputy lead)

Mission #51 August 4, 1944 44-40463 D/A 4BS Israelsen (lead)

Mission #53 August 6, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Ralls

Mission #56 August 10, 1944 44-40463 D/A (ground spare)

Mission #57 August 11, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Hartley

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 44-40463 D/A 7BS Gardner, H.

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Ralls

Mission #63 August 24, 1944 44-40463 D/A 18BS Harris, C. W. (Major battle damage)

 

Transferred to 466BG as Consolidated Mess.