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"A formation of Consolidated B-24 Liberators of the 2nd Bomb Division, roars over Hitler's Europe en route to bomb enemy installations. 24 November 1944."

Centre - B-24H 42-7607 (O Bar) "The Spirit of 77" 705th BS 446th BG.
Below centre - B-24H 42-7578 (N) "Hula Wahine" 704th BS, 446th BG



  • 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. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron
  • 705th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-7607 'The Spirit of 77'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 803BS. Transferred to 36BS, conversion to Radio Counter Measures as R4-A. Salvaged 3rd Strategic Air Depot, having been declared unfit for flight. Rescued from the Flixton (Bungay) dump and RZI.

  • 42-7578 'Hula Wahine'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Frankfurt mission 29-Jan-44 and piloted by 2/Lt Ernest Bruce, lost all 4 superchargers. Ran out of cloud cover over Belgium, fighting off repeated enemy fighter attacks while flying 75 feet, the pilot performed a...


Date Contributor Update
14 April 2018 09:34:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and unit associations