Assigned to England on 26th March 1944 and flown as "K-King" with 486BG. It completed 22 missions with the group to targets ranging from rail yards and airfields to oil refineries and V-weapon sites. Twelve of these missions were flown under the command of Lt Foy and his crew but its final sortie on 12th July (the 13th trip for the Foy crew) had to be aborted due to a mechanical failure. After the 486BG converted to B17s, "Libra" was modified for night operations, re-designated as a B-24-HNT-15-FO and transferred to 492nd Bomb Group for special operations. Surviving hostilities in this clandestine role, "Libra" was flown back to the USA on 8th July 1945 under the command of Lt Overstreet, 492BG.
© Ray Bowden 10 December 2023