By Mike Hill, John R. Beitling
The 1st in a deliberate sequence that offers the B-24 Liberators utilized by the fifteenth Air strength in global battle II, famous B-24 historians Robert Beitling and Mike Hill current for the 1st time the biographies of the person B-24s utilized by the 451st, 461st and 484th Bomb teams of the forty ninth Bomb Wing in Italy. As a lot details as is understood in regards to the person airplane is gifted in biographical shape: serial quantity, nickname, how the airplane got its nickname, variety of missions, unique plane for the teams, and the last word destiny of the plane. the quantity may be of curiosity to historians, veterans and people who have an interest within the B-24s that flew within the flak crammed skies of the 3rd Reich.
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On Mission #93 to Budapest on July 30, 1944, GAS HOUSE JR. took a direct hit from a 88 mrn shell. The shell went through the open bomb bay and through the top of the aircraft. The shell did not detonate; however, it did cause major damage to fuel lines. Paul Johnshoy and crew were able to fly the crippled Liberator back to base. Post flight inspection showed that the main spar had been damaged. GAS HOUSE JR. was repaired and returned to combat. Listed MIA after Mission #145 to Vienna on November 5, 1944, with the crew of George Heitzler (MACR #9604).
She was later cut up for scrap. The nose art was saved and is preserved at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Texas. 44-4 I008 SLOPPY BUT SAFE 63 B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force/49 th Bomb Wing 44-41109 BETTY CO-ED (725th # 57 & #28) Departed the USA on August 11, 1944. Assigned to the group on August 24, 1944. Damaged by flak and landed at Vis on December 6, 1944, returning from Mission #160 to Maribor. Returned to the group on February 4, 1945. Returned to the USA after the war on June 13, 1945.
Transferred to the 484th Bomb Group on October 16, 1944, returning to the 451st on January 10, 1944. Listed MIA on Mission #187 to Vienna, February 7, 1945. After sustaining battle damage, Glenn Kerres and crew stayed with the aircraft until it ran out of fuel. They bailed out, and the plane crashed near Pettrovic (MACR #12084). 42-78445 TODDLIN'TROLLOP 42-78465 PATCHES:THETINTAPPERS DELIGHT 55 B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force/49 th Bomb Wing 42-78471 FERTILE MYRTLE 42-78465 PATCHES-THE TIN TAPPERS DELIGHT (726th #53) Departed the USA on July 10, 1944, and was assigned to the 451st in July.