U.S. Army B-24-JC0156
Serial No 44-40284
Online Comments on Flickr:
Sheley, D., Online posting, January 1, 2011
Consolidated B-24J-155-CO Liberator
391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF
Originally 8 493 860 (F), transferred later in June 1944 to 8 34 391 (J). Lost 19 Jul 44. Hit by flak about one minute after bombs away. All controls were shot away but the pilot managed to maintain some control. The plane wandered over Dieppe and encountered more flak. Three crew members bailed out over Dieppe. The plane managed to get back to the English coast and four crewmen bailed out 15 miles inland. The pilot then headed the plane back out toward the English Channel and he and the co-pilot bailed out. The plane flew all the way back across the Strait of Dover and crashed near Wingene, Belgium.
Info from www.b24bestweb.com
A shark mouth was added to the artwork sometime later. This plane survived the war and was one of the first planes to fly back to the U.S. with a ferry crew.