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    The Lady Be Good, the Air Force mystery B-24 bomber from World War II, crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943; its crew was never heard from again. The plane's wreckage was discovered in 1960. Harold Ripslinger had been aboard. This is a picture of Harold and the girl he left behind when he went off to war. Check out the tragic story of the plane and its crew members. Click on the picture.

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Lady Be Good: Mystery Bomber of World War II >>> The disappearance of a bomber crew after their plane crashes for no apparent reason in April 1943. No further sightings of them until 15 yrs later when a BP oil recon crew spots the wreckage miles off its flight path and from its destination. One finding: a1943 datebook showing the men held prayer vigils in hopes of being rescued. Sad.

APR 4 1943 B-24 bomber ‘Lady Be Good’ takes off on first operation The ill-fated crew of the Lady Be Good, from the left: 1Lt. W.J. Hatton, pilot; 2Lt. R.F. Toner, copilot; 2Lt. D.P. Hays, navigator; 2Lt. J....

Side view of the crashed Consolidated B-24D "Lady Be Good." (U.S. Air Force photo)

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

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Never Forget We Are Free Because Of The Brave . At Margraten the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is situated. It is Europe's third largest war cemetery for unidentified soldiers who died in World War II. 8,301 soldiers are buried there under long rows of white crosses and stars of David.

A young George W. Bush in US Air Force. I know he's an idiot, but how damn cute does he look here?

On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service...

New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea The photographer: Rich Koechlein of Minneapolis. The scene: The wreckage of a World War II bomber downed during battles with the Japanese serves as a playground for boys.

Female Pilot Lettice Curtis with a Spitfire during the war

A camel leers over the wreckage left on the El Alamein battleground, May 18, 1950, where one of the crucial struggles of World War II was fought. Only a few pockets of wreckage now remain to mark the scene. Some 300 square miles of desert are still mined. Thousands of Italian and German dead of the battle still lie unburied, lost in the shifting sands. (AP Photo)

The B-24 was employed in operations in every combat theater during World War II. Because of its great range, it was particularly suited for such missions as the famous raid from North Africa against the oil industry at Ploesti, Rumania, on Aug. 1, 1943. This feature also made the airplane suitable for long over-water missions in the Pacific Theater. More than 18,000 Liberators were produced. The B-24D on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force flew combat missions from North Africa in 1943-1944 with the 512th Bomb Squadron. It was flown to the museum in May 1959. It is the same type airplane as the "Lady Be Good" -- the world-famous B-24D that disappeared on a mission from North Africa in April 1943 and was found in the Libyan Desert in May 1959.