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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121790
Last updated: 7 January 2021
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Time:02:00 approx
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24D Liberator
Owner/operator:514th BSqn /376th BGp USAAF
Registration: 41-24301
C/n / msn: 1096
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Calanscio Sand Sea, 440 miles southeast of Soluch -   Libya
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Soluch AFB, Benina (HLLB)
Destination airport:Soluch AFB, Benina
The B-24D, named Lady Be Good, crashed in the Libyan desert on return from a bombing raid on Naples Harbour.

The bomber appears to have overflown the area of its base due to navigational problems and flew deep into the interior of Libya.

At about 0200, with 3 of the 4 engines stopped as the result of fuel exhaustion, the crew abandoned the plane by parachute.
One of them died when his parachute failed to open fully, and the remainder of the crew attempted to walk to safety and perished in the desert.

The Lady be Good flew on for another 16 miles before crashing.
The wrecked plane was sighted from the air in November 1958 and the bodies of 8 of the crew were found in 1960.
The remaining crewman was not found, but his body may have been one discovered by a British desert patrol in 1953 and buried at the spot.

Sources: JF Baugher


Nose view of Consolidated B-24D "Lady Be Good" crash site. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Revision history:

18-Apr-2011 05:05 angels one five Added
20-Apr-2011 04:09 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
05-Jan-2012 07:23 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2012 08:24 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator]
30-Aug-2013 06:07 LarryW Updated [Date, Location, Narrative]
11-Sep-2013 07:17 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
08-May-2015 05:41 angels one five Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location]
04-Nov-2017 17:03 harro Updated [Narrative, Photo, ]
15-Dec-2018 17:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
01-Jul-2019 18:38 TigerTimon Updated [Time]
12-Apr-2020 16:18 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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