THE SAGA OF Lady Be Good

Lowery, John
July 2004
Aviation History;Jul2004, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p38
The article focuses on the combat mission of April 4, 1943 in which an inexperienced nine-man crew set out in a new Consolidated B-24D on an ill-fated bombing mission across the Mediterranean to Naples, Italy. It was the first and only combat mission for the brand-new Consolidated B-24D bomber Lady Be Good. Lady Be Good was based in Soluch, Libya, some 1,000 miles away from its target, the heavily defended naval facilities at Naples, Italy. The strike force for the April 4 mission consisted of 25 bombers from the 376th Bomb Group, out of which most aborted their attempts to fly owing to bad weather. The Lady Be Good plane that was lost on the way was discovered in the Sahara Desert, 440 miles southeast of Benghazi and only 59 miles west of the Egyptian border in November 1958.


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