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StrawberryBitch

B-24D-160CO 42-72843
Strawberry Bitch
USAFM

AIRCRAFT TYPE: B-24D-160 MANUFACTURE: CO

CONSTRUCTION #: 2413 SERIES NUMBER: 29 / 50

DATE BUILT: 00 August 1943 DATE ACCEPTED: 02 August 1943 DATE SOC:


AIR FORCE ASSIGNED DATE OF SERVICE
9th16 Sep 43 – 18 Sep 43
12th18 Sep 43 – 01 Nov 43
15th01 Nov 43 – 00 Apr 44


COMBAT WING ASSIGNED DATE OF SERVICE
5th18 Sep 43 – 01 Nov 43
47th01 Nov 43 – 00 Apr 44


GROUP ASSIGNED DATE OF SERVICE
376th16 Sep 43 – 00 Apr 44


SQUADRON ASSIGNED DATE OF SERVICE
512nd16 Sep 43 – 00 Apr 44


  • GROUP MARKINGS: Circle 2
  • SQUADRON MARKINGS:
  • A/C I.D. MARKINGS: 24 V
  • MARKINGS ASSIGNED: 00 Aug 43
  • AIRCRAFT NAME (S): Strawberry Bitch
  • FINAL LOCATION: United States Air Force Museum - Dayton, OH

HISTORY

# DATE MISSION PILOT COMMENTS
00Aug 43Airfield Location:
Herington AAB, KS
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.Acceptance & training
28 Aug 43Airfield Location:
Dow Field, ME
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.First leg overseas departure
29 Aug 43Airfield Location:
Gander, Newfoundland
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.Operations Orders Number 398
crew number 34-4
01 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Prestwick, Scotland
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.
02 Sep 43Airfield Location:
St Mawgen, Cornwall
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.Fuel leak: auxiliary wing tip tank system
03 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Watton, England
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.
06 Sep 43Airfield Location:
St Mawgen, Cornwall
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.
07 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Marrakech
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.
07 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Algiers
2nd Lt Rice, D.P.
11 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Tripoli
2nd Lt Rice, D.P
07 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Devesoir
2nd Lt Rice, D.PCombat modifications
16 Sep 43 Airfield Location:
Berka 2 – Benghazi, Libya
1 20 Sep 43Castel Franca Verto, Italy
Target: RR yard
1st Lt Iverson, K.P. Primary overcast - bombed Pescara airfield.
# 3 engine mixture control jammed.
222 Sep 43Athens, Greece
Target: airfield
1st Lt Iovine, G.
24 Sep 43Airfield Location:
Enfidaville, Tunisia
322 Sep 43Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Target: aircraft manufacture
2nd Lt. Brown, P.H Combat damage (AA): 7 holes in airframe,
antenna damaged
404 Oct 43 Athens, Greece
Target: Tatoi airfield
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P.
505 Oct 43Athens, Greece
Target: Eleusis airfield
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P. Combat damage (AA): two holes in airframe
Combat damage (Me109): top turret, wings, stabilizers damaged
610 Nov 43Villar Perosa, Italy
Target: Ball-bearing mfg
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P.
711 Nov 43Annecy, France
Target: Ball-bearing mfg
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P.
815 Nov 43Athens Greece
Target: Eleusis airfield
2nd Lt. Brown, P.H
17 Nov 43Airfield Location:
San Pancrazio, Italy
25 Nov 43Klagenfurt, Austria
Target: airfield
2nd Lt. Brown, P.HAborted:weather
9 28 Nov 43Dogna, Italy
Target: tunnel and viaduct
2nd Lt. Haigh, T.
29 Nov 43Rome, Italy
Target: airfield
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P.Aborted:weather
30 Nov 43Klagenfurt, Austria
Target: aircraft manufacture
2nd Lt. Collison, J.M. Aborted:weather
1014 Dec 43Anthens, Greece
Target: Tatori airfield
1st Lt. Jackson
1115 Dec 43Avisio, Italy
Target: railroad viaduct
2nd Lt. Rice, D.P.
12 25 Dec 43 Vicenza, Italy
Target: airfield
2nd Lt. Wenzinger
13 23 Feb 44 Steyr, Austria
Target: aircraft manufacture
2nd Lt. Burton, D.
00 Apr 44ZOI
00 00 45 Airfield Location:
Freeman Field, IL
Stored: museum aircraft
09 May 46Airfield Location:
Orchard Park, IL
06 Jun 46Ferry Flight:
Tuscon, AZ
Stored: museum aircraft
12 May 59Ferry flightCol Shower, ATo United States Air Force Museum, Dayton, OH
13 May 59 Airfield Location
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
On display

NOTES

  • Pilot Dan Rice in his memoirs remembers aborting the 15 December 1943 mission due to a blown cyclinder on # 4 engine - 376th records do not confirm.
  • Aircraft was named at Herington Air Force Base, KS by the Flight Engineer Sergeant Haberman - the Vargas girl was painted on at San Pancrazio, Italy.

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