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Rage In Heaven

Rage In HeavenRage In HeavenB-24J-150-CO #44-40165 Rage In Heaven, assembly ship of the 491st BG. North Pickenham, September 1944. When the 95th CBW was disbanded in August 1944, the 491st BG moved over to North Pickenham to replace the 492nd BG in the 14th CBW. Besides all those organizational changes, a very war-weary Little Gramper was abandoned at Metfeld. Rage In Heaven was assigned as the group’s new formation assembly aircraft. When with the 852nd BS the aircraft performed three dozen combat missions as 3Q●G. As an assembly aircraft Rage In Heaven received green zebra stripes around the outer wings and rear fuselage. The aircraft retained its defensive armament, as well as the original nose art and a scoreboard. The outer parts of the vertical tails were painted green with horizontal bands left unpainted. Note that the No.1 engine cowling had been taken from another Liberator.Rage In Heaven crashed, exploded and burnt on 5th January 1945 near Swaffham after taking off in a snowstorm to lead the assembly of the group. The second B-24 crashed a few minutes later because of icy conditions. Eventually, the mission was cancelled.