NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

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BG

BS

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PHOTO CREDITS

ARISE MY LOVE AND COME WITH ME

B

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24

J

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5

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FO

42-50768

8 458 753 J4 Y/768 00-1

NARA

Starboard (Right) Side - Color Image - Nose Art Inspiration - ALBERTO VARGAS

Info Contributor - James A. Leddy
Caption on photo reads: "The crew of a B-24 Liberator is shown just after landing in England from a mission over Germany. Some of the crew are just too tired to stand, and talk over the mission lying down beside the plane." It is also stamped: "RELEASED FOR PUBLICATION Chief of Air Corps Date: 28 Sep 44"

Info Contributor - Tom Brittan
Originally in 754th (Z5 A) but was transferred to 755th (J3 J) between 14 Oct & 5 Nov 44. A month later, between 6 Nov & 11 Dec 44, it was transferred again, this time to 753rd (J4 Y). Whilst 458th BG's original crews did complete their training at Tonopah, Nevada, they picked up their combat aircraft to fly to the UK at Hamilton Field, California. However, ARISE MY LOVE AND COME WITH ME was a replacement aircraft that 458th BG received some four or five months after the Group arrived at Horsham St. Faith (now Norwich Airport). It is unlikely that it was ever at Tonopah and its assignment to 458th BG would not have been decided until after it arrived in the UK. Similarly, unless the crew depicted is an original crew, they might not have trained at Tonopah. Arrived at Altus, OK 29 Oct 45 for storage and subsequent salvage.

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