No. 10528. Consolidated 32 B-24H Liberator (42-51211 c/n 16256) US Army Air Forces "Miss Fitts"
Photograph from USAAF, taken at Harrington Airfield, Northampton, Northamptonshire, UK, July 1944

Consolidated 32 B-24H Liberator

03/31/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Douglas at Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, assembled this B-24H-30-DT from parts supplied by the B-24H main contractor, Ford at Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Hence the aircraft had also a Ford c/n: 733.

Eventually it was assigned to the 492nd Squadron of the 801st (Provisional) Bomb Group, based at Harrington Airfield, USAAF 8th Air Force, designated Station 179. The aircraft was one of several Liberators that were modified for classified missions with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) under the code name "Operation Carpetbagger", supplying friendly underground forces and partisan fighters throughout occupied Europe.

The belly turret was removed and the 44 in (1.12 m) opening was used to drop supplies and agents, hence the opening became known as the "Joe hole". The nose turret was replaced with a "greenhouse" in which the bombardier has improved visibility allowing easier location of the drop zone at night. The markings have been de-emphasized by judicious use of glossy black anti-searchlight paint black paint, the waist windows were blacked out and teardrop blisters were added to both cockpit windows.

Because 42-51211 is listed in Missing Air Crew Reports over the English Channel on August 4, 1944, some sources state this aircraft went missing on that date. This is incorrect, as explained by Mike Stowe of

Created March 31, 2011