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B-24 Liberator

'The Jinx' came over to Britain along with the original 490 Bomber Group. It flew throughout the war until it was declared unfit for flying in May 1945. It was given it's name after the pilot, Second Lieutenant Thomas Keyes realized that the plane was the 13 plane on the roster. The side was painted with an array of symbols by the crew chief, Sergeant John Hancock. The aircraft also had white edging on the bomb doors in order to help in lining up the doors.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 449th Bomb Group

    449th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted as 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona.[2] its original components were the 716th,[3] 717th,[4] 718th,[5] and 719th Bombardment Squadrons.[6] ...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron
  • 719th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Herman Elrod

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

  • Edward Haller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

  • John Hancock

    Military | Airplane Maintenance Technician | 490th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Keyes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Okey Keylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Dingle crew

  • Harold Keyt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Ellenberg crew

  • Harold Pool

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

  • James Pugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

  • Charles Seested

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

  • Howard Spring

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Keyes crew

Places

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

  • Grottaglie

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Assigned Eye, UK April 1944

Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred to MTO Warton, Carnforth, UK December 1944

Transferred to MTO 14-Dec-44 by BAD 2, Warton.

Assigned 74023 Grottaglie, Province of Taranto, Italy 20 January 1945

Arrived into 719BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF on 20-Jan-45.

Scrapped 81010 Gioia Sannitica CE, Italy May 1945

Survived the war and was flown to the Gioia Depot at the end of combat operations.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2018 08:54:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number
Sources

http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/B24Index.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/jinx-the-v3-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2018 08:51:39 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.801492.org/Air%20Crew/B24Index.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/jinx-the-v3-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 15:05:16 jrugman Changes to unit associations
Sources

Squadron added from crew records

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 15:01:48 jrugman Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Page 43, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

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