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B-24 Liberator

On supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by ground fire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All the crew was 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
    On a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Gerrald Crotty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    On a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Trenton Gard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    On a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • John Jollimore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    On a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Martin Kaufmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    On a supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Harvey Mosher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the...

  • Richard Sheraski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    A on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Jack Snider

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    A on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the ground and exploded. All...

  • Taffy Williams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on supply mission to aid the 17th US Airborne during Operation Varsity. The plane was hit by groundfire shortly after dropping the supplies. The planes flew at 300 ft and after being hit the B-24 nosed straight down into the...

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

Revisions

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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