B-24D-30-CO Liberator assembly ship 'First Sergeant' of US 458th Bomber Group, RAF Horsham St. Faiths, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, early 1944

Caption   B-24D-30-CO Liberator assembly ship 'First Sergeant' of US 458th Bomber Group, RAF Horsham St. Faiths, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, early 1944 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 4 Apr 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
27 Mar 2010 09:20:18 PM

In early 1944, war-weary aircraft began being specially fitted as Formation Assembly Ships to aid assembly of individual group formations equipped with signal lighting and featured distinctive individual paint schemes to enable easy recognition by their flock of bombers. Arrangements for signal lighting varied from group to group, but generally consisted of white flashing lamps on both sides of the fuselage arranged to form the identification letter of the group. All armament and armor was removed, and in some cases the tail turret. As these aircraft normally returned to base once a formation had been established, a skeleton crew of two pilots, a navigator, a radio operator, and one or two flare discharge men were carried. These aircraft became known as Judas Goats. This particular aircraft flew with the 93rd BG as "Thar She Blows" before becoming Assembly Ship "First Sergeant" with the 458th BG. She burned out in a flare accident in May 1944.

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