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42-95240

B-24 Liberator

On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane, flying at 300 ft, was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. After being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All nine crew members were killed instantly.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Theodore Bartle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Theodore Bartle was Navigator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Gerrald Crotty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Gerrald Crotty was Nose Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Trenton Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Trenton Gard was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • John Jollimore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    John Jollimore was Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was...

  • Martin Kaufmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Martin Kaufmann was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire...

  • Harvey Mosher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Harvey Mosher was Pilot of B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground fire shortly...

  • Richard Sheraski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner (Nose Gunner on his last mission) | 389th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Richard Sheraski was born September 16, 1924. His next of kin were his father, John C. Sheraski and his mother Blanche Sheraski, née Konieczka. He had 3 brothers, Frank, Edward and Carl, and 3 sisters, Susan, Sophie and Theresa (Sheraski...

  • Jack Snider

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Pvt Jack Snider was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945 (American and British forces crossing the Rhine). The plane was flying at 300ft when it was hit by ground...

  • Taffy Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Technical Sergeant Taffy J. Williams was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-95240 on a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity on 24 March 1945. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies in the Wesel area,...

Missions

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 March 1945

Crashed and exploded near Wesel

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2019 13:23:36 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 13543

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13543 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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