The 'Bottoms Up' Research Project

Missing in Action, March 16, 1945

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Service: U.S. Army Fifteenth Air Force, 721st Bomb Squadron, 450th Bomber Group, Heavy

Assignment: Manduria, Italy

'Bottoms Up' File

Historical research and specifications of the B-24 the 'Bottoms Up'

Crew File

Biographical details about the final crew of the 'Bottoms Up'

Special Notes:

•The 'Bottoms Up' was the first B-24 in the 450th Bomb Group to reach 100 operational missions.

•This aircraft was the last of the original air echelon that left Alamorgordo, New Mexico in the winter of 1943.

•The 'Bottoms Up' was lost on her 105th mission.

•The aircraft had over 1060 operational hours.

Documentation File
Documents relevant to the 'Bottoms Up'

The 100th Mission


The Final Mission

Maps, charts, and historical summary of the final mission of the 'Bottoms Up'

*For photos of the 'Bottoms Up, please visit the Restless Wings Resources - Galleries menu.

Individuals & Past Crews

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