USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Texan Hellcat
B-24H-20-CF 52-50312

454th Bomb Group, 738th Bomb Squadron

Texan Hellcat

This B-24 was based at San Giovanni airfield near Foggia in Italy. Lost in action on a mission to Moosbierbaum, Austria with Harold M Leazer in command after it was shot down by an Fw190 from JG 300. Believed to have crashed between 10 and 20 miles west of Vienna, Austria on 26 June 1944 with six fatalities. Four other crew members successfully bailed out and became POWs.


© Ray Bowden 12 August 2022