B-17F 42-30039

Aircraft Details

Serial Number: 42-30039
Name: LIBERTY BELLE
Manufacturer: Built by the Boeing Airplane Company
Squadron: 544th Bombardment Squadron (H)
Aircraft ID Code: SU*H
Start Date: 1 April 1943. Original AC.
Missions: This aircraft was credited with 3 combat missions with the 384th.
End Date: 14 August 1943. Transferred: Sent to 2 SAD, Little Staughton.
Photo Album: No Photo Album For This Aircraft
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B-17F Aircraft 42-30039 Was Assigned To 12 Missions,
Earning Combat Credit For 3 Of Them
Number Date Target Results Mission/Sortie Information
--23 June 1943Bernay-Saint-Martin, France, RECALLEDReturned to BaseHSqLd
Sortie Report
225 June 1943Target: Industrial Area & Submarine Pens
Type: Military
Location: Hamburg, Germany
AbortedHigh squadron lead. Returned to base due to weather conditions; pilot was unable to maintain contact with the formation.
Sortie Report
326 June 1943Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
Completed MissionLow Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
64 July 1943Target: Gnome et Rhone Aircraft Engine Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Le Mans, France
AbortedTurned back when pilot became ill.
Sortie Report
--9 July 1943Abbeville, France, RECALLEDReturned to Base Sortie Report
710 July 1943Target: Drucat Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Abbeville, France
AbortedTurned back because #2 engine began to 'miss and vibrate' so it was feathered.
Sortie Report
814 July 1943Target: Villacoublay Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Paris, France
AbortedHigh squadron deputy. Turned back at 0715 hrs over Channel because aircraft could not stay in formation - it felt 'sluggish.'
Sortie Report
924 July 1943Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Completed Mission Sortie Report
--26 July 1943Hamburg, Germany, RECALLEDReturned to BaseCapt. William F. Gilmore Flt Ldr; turned back w #2 engine feathered
Sortie Report
1229 July 1943Target: Naval Base
Type: Military
Location: Kiel, Germany
Did Not Take OffDid not take off: aircraft apparently not in flying condition.
Sortie Report
1330 July 1943Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Spare, Unused 
1412 August 1943Target: Synthetic Fuel Hydrogenation Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Completed Mission Sortie Report