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460th Aircraft

460th BG Aircraft

Q - 760th Sqdn

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

760th Squadron "Q"

M

Courtesy of Mike Brey

Damaged 460th aircraft 'M'

K

Courtesy of Mike Brey

460th aircraft 'K'

C

Courtesy of Mike Brey

460th aircraft 'C'

3 460th aircraft

Courtesy of Mike Brey

Three 460th aircraft on hardstands

More 460th aircraft

Courtesy of Mike Brey

More 460th aircraft

Miller fixing engine

Courtesy of Lewis J. Miller

A crew works on the No. 4 engine of a B-24 at the base in Spinnazola. There were usually two, sometimes three men assigned to work on an engine. The plane sits on a steel mat to keep it from sinking into the mud.

B-24 returning from mission

Courtesy of Lewis J. Miller

This photo shows a B-24 just coming in off the runway from a combat mission. If you look carefully, you can see the top turret gunner exultantly popping out of the escape hatch with his arms out. The caption on the back of the photo says, "Ah, ground at last and safe in the hardstand."

Miller looking for tools

Courtesy of Lewis J. Miller

This is young Lewis J. Miller of Chester, Pennsylvania, looking for one of his tools on a snowy Spinazolla afternoon. The tools were stored in used 50 gallon drums.

Nose art painted by Pvt. Miller

Courtesy of Lewis J. Miller

Conditions were often very tight when working on the nose of a B-24. This particular plane sports an original piece of nose art that Pvt. Miller painted. The plane was christened "Agony Wagon." Agony Wagon was not a unique piece of creativity on Pvt. Miller's part. Knowing what lay ahead for the crews, whenever another B-24 was delivered the men would sigh, "Here comes another agony wagon."


Cuddles

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

Cuddles with early style tail marking.


Red I 761 Squadron

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

Red I 761st Squadron showing final tail marking.


Rough Rider 760 Squadron Q

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

Rough Rider 760th Squadron Q showing final tail marking.

Rough Rider

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

Rough Rider 760th Squadron Q, 44-49392, B-24L-5-FO


White C 762 Squadron

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

White C 762nd Squadron showing second tail marking.

Hangar Queen

Courtesy of Duane 'Sparky' Bohnstedt

Hangar Queen of the 763rd Squadron

460th Aircraft

Courtesy of Gerry Kersey

After dropping its bombs on an enemy airfield, this Consolidated B-24 Liberator of the Fifteenth Air Force was hit in one engine by flak, but limped home with smoke and flame pouring from the injured engine high above the waters of the Adriatic. 

A Aircraft

Courtesy of Mickey Gregory

This appears to be the same aircraft as the one above.  The larger version of this photo indicates the name of this aircraft was "Patricia Ann" or something like that.  I can't quite make out the last three letters.  Taken by David Howard Wray, Mickey's father.

X

Photo courtesy of Chuck Parsonson

Following caption courtesy of Mike Weber

It was indeed a 460th Bomb Group aircraft and it belonged to the 763rd BS.  An uncropped version of the image is used in Bohnstedt's 460th Bomb Group History book and appears on page 55.  There is some additional information about this aircraft receiving significant damage (no lost crew members) on June 26, 1944.  The aircraft is referred to as Yellow X of the 763rd Squadron Hanlon crew.  Hanlon is Charles W. Hanlon.  No aircraft number is provided.  The battle damage received on that mission consisted of 40 flak, machine gun, and cannon holes, the No. 2 engine was shot out and its cowl flaps were gone, and one of their vertical stabilizers had been hit and partially sheared off by an enemy fighter.  To add to that damage, the nose wheel collapsed during landing and the aircraft skidded off the runway.

In addition to the image on page 55 of the history book Bohnstedt drew and included a full-page, post-mission color drawing of the damaged aircraft on the side of the runway as page 99.

Target for Tonight

Target for Tonight, 44-48977, B-24-J-20-FO