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B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 389BG, 8AF USAAF. When Jo-Jo's Special Delivery became war weary, it was turned into an assembly ship for the 389BG it was named Green Dragon and painted with alternating diagonal green and yellow stripes.



  • 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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Bertelsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Robert Bertelsen served as a pilot first with the 564th Bomb Squadron of the 446th Bomb Group, then from April 1944 with the 566th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group. He transferred to the 2nd Scouting Force and was killed due to engine failure in...

  • Horace Christensen

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793. ...

  • Coy Ellison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. ...

  • Howard Freese

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24259). The aircraft developed gas leak shortly after Tidal Wave takeoff and returned to base.


  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...


Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1942

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 20 July 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hardwick, Cambridge CB23, UK 29 January 1943

Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Hethel, Norwich NR14, UK 1944

Transferred to 389BG, 8AF USAAF. War Weary and became the groups assembly ship.

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate CT12, UK 26 July 1944

Taxiing Accident RAF Manston Cat 4 damage, Lt Robert E Bertelsen, 26-Jul-44.

B-24D 41-23683W - 566BS 389BG 8AF


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 14:46:01 phil marchese Changes to markings

Correction foev389th BG.
See image for C marking.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 14:44:42 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings

Clarification of existing info.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2019 03:45:22 Dieterle Changes to events

The manufacture date had been given as 1943, with the delivery date of 1942. The 41- serial number prefix means that it was ordered in 1941, and the rest of the serial number indicates that it was the 23,683rd ship manufactured thereafter. Since it was delivered in July, 1942, it must have been manufactured in that year.

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2019 03:23:11 Dieterle Changes to markings and events

389th Bomb Group (H) Aircraft Roster

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 11:53:47 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 05:22:35 ScottSmith Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and person associations