NOCTURNAL 'MISSION

Serial No.: 44-42250 Model: B-24M-25-CO



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DATA SHEET

 

 

No.

150

 

 

 

 


SERIAL NO.:


44-42250

MOST POPULAR NOSE ART NAME:


NOCTURNAL
MISSION

 

 

 

 

MODEL:

B-24M-25-CO

MFR:

Consolidated-San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTRACTOR'S NO.:

6186

 

 

 

 

INITIAL MFG DATE:

12/31/1944

MFG COMPLETION DATE:

01/08/1945

 

 

 

 

FIRST FLIGHT DATE:

01/19/1945

MOD CENTER DATE:

01/19/1945

 

 

MOD CENTER PLACE:

Tucson

USAAF ACCEPTANCE DATE:

02/21/1945

 

 

TO STAGING AREA DATE:

03/06/1945

STAGING PLACE:

Salinas, CA

OVERSEAS FLIGHT DATE:

04/09/1945

DEPARTURE PLACE:

San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

OVERSEAS ARRIVAL DATE:

 

DESTINATION:

 

 

 

 

 

MOD COMPLETED

 

 

 

OVERSEAS:

 

OVERSEAS MOD PLACE:

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT:

380/529

ASSIGNMENT

 

 

 

DATE:

06/1945

STATION:

Murtha Strip, Mindoro

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST MISSION:

07/24/1945

WHERE (1ST MISSION):

Kiang-wan A/D, Shanghai

 

 

 

 

NO. OF MISSIONS:

5 PH

TERMINATION DATE:

10/1945

 

 

 

 

WHY TERMINATED:

ACFH-RFC

WHERE TERMINATED:

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRICKEN OFF CHARGE:

10/25/1945

WHERE REMOVED:

Kingman

NOTES:

        Several publications list the following aircraft and related serial numbers as assigned to the 529th Squadron, 380th Bomb Group:

              NOCTURNAL MISSION      B-24J-25-CO              S/N      44-41263

              LUVABLASS                          B-24M-25-CO                        S/N      44-42263

        First mission for M-263 is given as April 22, 1945 .  Only a three-digit M number is given, thus allowing no distinction between these two aircraft n the records.  Normal practice in such situations would be to use four numbers, i.e.,

              NOCTURNAL MISSION      is          M-1263

              LUVABLASS                          is          M-2263

        This was not done thus leading to the belief that the 529th had only one M-263.

        Since NOCTURNAL MISSION is prominently featured in nose art literature as assigned to the 380/529, then another assignment must be investigated.

        Wally Forman has suggested that NOCTURNAL MISSION was another B-24M-25-CO and carried the serial number 44-42250.

        Since Glenn Horton carries 44-42250 as 380/529, but without nose art, this name will be assigned here unless more exact data can be uncovered.

        Aircraft with the three serial numbers listed here are essentially identical in appearance when viewed from the front right-hand side of the aircraft.


 

AIRCRAFT RECORD CARD

 
Nose Art: NOCTURNAL 'MISSION
Serial No.: 44-42250
Model: B-24M-25-CO
 




MAINTENANCE CREW

 
Nose Art: NOCTURNAL 'MISSION
Serial No.: 44-42250
Model: B-24M-25-CO


 

SSN

Rank

Name

Crew Chief(s):

 

 

Not Available in Current Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

SSN

Rank

Name

Mechanic(s):

 

 

Not Available in Current Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    Notes:    

 



MISSION RECORD



 

NOCTURNAL 'MISSION

Serial No.:  44-42250 Model: B-24M-25-CO

 

Source:  Horton, Best in the Southwest.

 

 

 Source:  Horton/Horton, King of the Heavies, p. 139.

 

Source:  http://www.b24bestweb.com/nocturnalmission.htm

 

 

Source:  Horton/Horton, King of the Heavies, p. 119; Horton, Best in the Southwest.

  

 

Source:  Horton, Best in the Southwest.

 

Source:  Bob Livingstone.



Last updated:  02/19/2007 04:46 PM