B-24 Liberator #42-40206 '8 Ball' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF on the production line at Consolidated's Fort Worth, Texas, factory. Second in line, #42-40209, served with the 513th BS, also in the 376th BG, and wore the nickname 'The Wild Wolf'. Third in line #42-40205 flew with the 415th BS, 98th BG, as "Joker".
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
B-24 Liberator #42-40206 '8 Ball' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt Myron R Conn, returned safely to Libya. A/C was condemned due to damage sustained under enemy fire in October 1943.
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