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  XB-24D "Liberty Belle" Serial Number 42-40686  
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Lawrence Grimm c1944

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USAAF c1944

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USN c1945
Pilot  1st Lt. Laurence H. Grimm, O-762046
Force Landed  October 30, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated, this bomber was a converted B-24D-85-CO to XB-24D. Nicknamed "Liberty Belle" with a female figure on the side of the cockpit. The bomber was officially written off on November 13, 1944.

Pilot History
For this mission, Grimm earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Mission History
Took off on a night bombing mission over Bacuit Bay, Palawan. Spotted a Japanese task force of cruisers and destroyers. Hit by anti-aircraft fire in one of the engines, forcing the bomber to head eastward towards Tacloban, the nearest Allied base. En route, a second engine failed.

When the bomber arrived at Tacloban Airfield, the area was under Japanese air attack and American gunners were firing. He attempted a force landing with only two engines, but obstructions forced him to abort. During the second landing attempt, a white phosphorous bomb burst on the runway. He applied the breaks causing the nose wheel blew out. But, the bomber landed without injury to the crew.

Abandoned at Tacloban Airfield in a swampy area at the north-western end of the airfield. One of the tail fins was removed and propellers.

Gary Grimm (son)

Thanks to Gary Grimm for additional information

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June 29, 2019


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