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Consolidated B-24D Liberator “First Sergeant“ of 458th Bomb Group

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Consolidated B-24D-30-CO Liberator (#42-40127) “First Sergeant“ of the Eighth Air Force, 458th Bombardment Group, 75Fourth Bombardment Squadron, is shown on the apron at the group‘s base at RAF Horsham St. Faith. Originally “Thar She Blows Again“ in operation from Algeria against Ploesti with the 93rd Bombardment Group, 329th Bombardment Squadron, and received moderate damage. Her crew, led by Lieutenant Charles Merrill, all returned safely. Originally named “Bucket of Bolts“ when it was first received by the 458th, “First Sergeant“ became the 458th‘s first assembly ship and was painted with the polka dots for high visibility. “First Sergeant‘s“ job would be to take off before the other combat aircraft, and then lead them of the group into a combat formation, to provide maximum coverage for each ship. Then “First Sergeant“ would return to base. She was crewed by rotation, usually pilots or aircrew that had suffered combat fatigue or were in need of flight time. On May 27, 1944, “First Sergeant“ was the victim of a flare. While loading the plane‘s Very signal pistol, the gun discharged and lit other flares. This caused the war-weary B-24 to burn on the runway.
Image Filename wwii0007.jpg
Image Size 3.16 MB
Image Dimensions 2940 x 2340
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title United States Army Air Forces/Signal Corps
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed May 27, 1944
Location RAF Horsham St Faith
City Norwich
State or Province Norwalk
Country United Kingdom
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number NARA NLR-PHOCO-A-65343B
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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