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44-40243

B-24 Liberator

Shot down by Flak right after dropping its bombs. Aircraft in flames partially evacuated before exploding in flight. 7 KIA. 3 POW. MACR 5633.

Service

Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Hess

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4440243. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Keller

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group

  • Edward LaHaye

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #44-40243, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lester Miller

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 491st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down 05-Jun-44 in B-24 #44-40243. PH

  • Alfred Moussette

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down 05-Jun-44 in B-24 #44-40243. PH

  • Bill Schmill

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4440243. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Allen Smuntan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4440243. Evaded.

  • Earle Swanson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #44-40243. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Taibl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #44-40243, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

Places

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Landrethun-le-Nord, France 5 June 1944

Crashed in the Lac de Blacourt, commune of Landrethun-le-Nord, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 16:13:53 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5039

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 01:26:54 Timothy McKeown Changes to nicknames and place associations
Sources

Ringmasters: The 491st Bombardment Group (H). Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co. (1992).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5633 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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