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Consolidated B-24H Liberator 'Valiant Lady'
Here we see the B-24H 'Valiant Lady', 42-52699, a Ford built B-24H-15 Liberator. She served with the 828th Bombardment Squadron, 485th Bombardment Group of the 15th Air Force, and was forced to ditch near Vis island on the Croatian coast, while returning from a mission to bomb Linz, Austria on 20 January 1945.
Her pilot on the day was Lt John Dobler, who stayed at the controls to ditch the aircraft and was one of six members of the crew lost in the crash.
Many thanks to Julie Harrison, John Dobler's niece, for sending us this photo.