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B-24J from the 859th Bomb Squadron near Magdeburg

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B-24J from the 859th Bomb Squadron near Magdeburg

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Description: Close-up showing the 859th squadron number (X4) and the tail code (J+) that identifies the Liberator as 44-40132 I'LL BE AROUND.

Lt Menweg's 44-40132 I'LL BE AROUND on the 29 Jun 44 Mission 43 to Magdeburg.
Note blank circle on the wing. Group letter had not yet been applied to any 492nd aircraft at this time.

Of 591 B-24s, 81 hit Magdeburg, 74 hit Oschersleben, 54 hit Bernburg, 47 hit Aschersleben, 46 hit Burg Airfield, 42 hit an aviation plant at Fallersleben, 35 hit targets of opportunity, 26 hit Stendal Airfield, 9 hit Gardelegen Airfield, 8 hit Oebisfelde/Kaltendorf, 8 hit Zerbst Airfield, and 4 hit Leopoldshall marshalling yard; 9 B-24s are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 204 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 12 WIA and 92 MIA.


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