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The Famous B-24 “Witchcraft”: The Enchanted Liberator—a Unique U.S. Bomber’s Experience During WWII

Perry Watts

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This book captures the story of “Witchcraft,” a B-24 Liberator, based in Rackheath, England, toward the end of World War II, that had a unique record in the 8th Army Air Force of flying 130 credited missions without aborting.This is a sequel to author Perry Watts’ 2006 book (also published by Schiffer) on the 467th Heavy Bombardment Group, which sets this Liberator in context. In this book, Watts starts with Witchcraft’s creation in the then-largest factory in the world in Michigan, then chronicles its transit like many Liberators to the UK via Brazil and Africa. The narrative provides detailed stories of Witchcraft’s often hazardous missions with its Group over occupied Europe and during the battle for Germany 1944-5. This is a special testimony to why and how the B-24 played a key role in the World War II liberation of occupied Europe.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 215 color & b/w photos | 168 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348884 | Binding: hard cover

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William Perry Watts as a schoolboy remembered seeing the planes of the 96th Combat Wing (including the 467th Bombardment Group) flying to formation points off the Norfolk Coast. This lifelong memory drove him, after training as an RAF cadet pilot, military policeman, and senior executive to return to exploring the history of the local USAAF airbase in 1944-45. Retired, he painted a range of pictures related to its aircraft, before moving on to capturing the organisational history of the base in his 2006 book “The 467th Bombardment Group (H)”. This book is a continuation inasmuch as it focuses on the exemplary story of one – albeit the most famous – of the Liberators that regularly flew from Rackheath at that challenging time.