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42-7463

B-24 Liberator

The TB-24-E-25-FO, was built at the Willow Run Ford plant and was known as, '63' and '463'. '63' was painted on the forward left and right side of it's nose. It's serial number was SN # 42-7463 - RCL #-V #-P.
It was one of the twelve B-24s that flew in Operation Halpro, the first high altitude mission to bomb the refineries at Ploesti. Romania in 1942.

The first mission of 'Halpro' was flown on 12 June, 1942, against the Romanian oil facilities at Ploesti. Thirteen B-24 bombers took off from Fayid in Egypt during the night of 11/12 June, and of these, 12 aircraft attacked at dawn. Four of the 13 aircraft later landed at a British base in Iraq which had been designated for recovery of the flight, three others landed at different Iraq airfields, two landed in Syria, and were interned in Turkey after landing in that country. Although the damage inflicted on the target was negligible, the raid was significant as the first USAAF combat mission in the European, African and Middle Eastern theatres in World War II, and as the first attack on a target which later become famous, indeed notorious, for its general survivability.

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  • 42-7463

    B-24 Liberator
    The TB-24-E-25-FO, was built at the Willow Run Ford plant and was known as, '63' and '463'. '63' was painted on the forward left and right side of it's nose. It's serial number was SN # 42-7463 - RCL #-V #-P. ...

Units

  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

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Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 15:53:59 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Removed aircraft nickname which referred to the abbreviated serial number on the aircraft nose- not a valid nickname

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2021 09:00:35 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-7463

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11 March 2021 06:23:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Code Names - Secret Operations - Operation HALPRO

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11 March 2021 06:07:17 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations, unit associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - SN # 42-7463 - '63'

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11 March 2021 06:03:57 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - SN # 42-7463 - '63'

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11 March 2021 06:01:24 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - SN # 42-7463 - '63'

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11 March 2021 05:56:44 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - # 42-7463 - '63'

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11 March 2021 05:53:12 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - # 42-7463 - '63'

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11 March 2021 05:27:48 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - # 42-7463

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2021 19:33:39 Kickapoo Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
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www.b24bestweb.com/463-v1.htm

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