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B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.
Primary Pilot: Lewis Ellis. Arrived overseas 12-Oct-43 and flew first combat mission 3-Nov-43. Flew a total of 26 combat missions with the 389th BG. Transferred sometime between 16-Feb and 6-Mar-44.
Reassigned to the AF Composite Command in Feb 44 and flew with the 801st BG (H) (P) through Aug-44 and renamed PLAYMATE. The 801st BG was merged with the 492nd BG and she continued to fly, traveling to India and back from Nov-44 to Jan-45 on an OSS trip. Returning to Harrington in Jan-45, she continued to fly for the 492nd BG as a Carpetbagger plane, and finished out the war, still showing on a 6-Jul-45 inventory report. Probably flown back to the states and scrapped.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • Lewis Ellis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Lewis N. Ellis was a B-24D Liberator pilot assigned to fly the airplane named, 'Daisy Mae' on the famous mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, from Benghazi, Libya. Before the mission, on July 23,1943 he wrote in his biography...

  • William Harris

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    flew on Missouri Mauler ? Served in England in April & May 1945

Places

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Hethel, UK October 1943

Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Harrington, UK March 1944

Assigned to 801BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Harrington, UK January 1945

Assigned to 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2021 18:10:11 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler3.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2021 18:04:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/missourimauler3.htm

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