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IWM catalogue record

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A B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40437) nicknamed "Hairless Joe" of the 493rd Bomb Group (at the time of this image) is escorted by P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group, including a P-51 Mustang (B6-F) flown by Captain Don Bochkay.



  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...


  • 44-13681

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Donald H Bochkay. Re-assigned to Captain Atlee G Manthos.

  • 44-40437 'Hairless Joe'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 861BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF 17-Oct-44. Force-landed battle damaged on the continent 30-Nov-44 then salvaged.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:37 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection