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Nose art of B-24H 42-52764. The B-24's official name was "Mike - the Spirit of LSU". Mike was the Louisiana State University mascot, nick-named the "Fighting Tiger". This B-24 had the distinction of being the only plane in WW II named for the University. Its regular pilot Lt Alfred Sanders was a former tiger keeper at the Louisiana State University and Mike was his charge.



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    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. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

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  • Alfred Sanders

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Named his A/C after LSU's mascot Mike the tiger, as he was a former track star at Louisiana State University. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Evaded. Hidden by the Belgium people, liberated in September, 1944 by the...


  • 42-52764 'Mike' ' Spirit of LSU'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 8th AF USAAF. Named after LSU's mascot Mike the Tiger, as its regular pilot Lt Alfred Sanders was a former track star at the Louisiana State University. Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Luztkendorf,...


  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


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29 April 2016 08:58:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations