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44-10558

B-24 Liberator

B-24 44-10558 was given to a crew of the 491st Bomb Group. Assuming it would become their regular aircraft, the right waist gunner, David Redfern painted the aircraft (with the support of the crew) with the nose art of 'Ma's 'Lil' Angel'.

Upon arrival in Northern Ireland the aircraft was re-assigned to the 466th Bomb Group, and the 491st crew given another Liberator.

Service

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Camerlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator; Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Member of Ray Larson's Crew flew on "Mama's 'Lil Angel". Completed 35 missions.

  • Charles Conner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Dilworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Gear Eliason

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harold Fritzler

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group

  • Michael Garvey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radar Countermeasures Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Gerrity

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 missions flown, 7 August 1944 through 4 March 1945 AM, 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon, 6 Battle Stars

  • Gerald Kardon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Clayton Marshall

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Missions: 1944 - Oct 7 Magdeburg; 14 Kaiserslautern; 22 Hamm; 25 Gelsinkirchen; Nov 2 Castrop Rauxel; 6 Sterkrade; 11 Bottrop; 21 Harburg; 26 Bielefeld; Dec 10 Bingen; 12 Aschaffenburg; 28 St. Wendel; 1945 - Jan 3 Zweibrucken; 8 Whittlich; 16 Dresden;...

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Missions

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

Places

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • 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
Assigned Hamilton Field, San Francisco 1944

44-10558 was given to Eugene Scamhorn's crew of the 491st Bomb Group, who painted it with the nose art Ma's 'Lil' Angel

Assigned Belfast 1944

Re-assigned to 466th Bomb Group

Ferry stop Nebraska 1944

Stopped there during deployment to UK

Ferry stop Ohio 1944

Stopped there during deployment to UK

Ferry stop Grenier Field, New Hampshire 1944

Stopped there during deployment to UK

Ferry Stop Goose Bay, Labrador 1944

Stopped there during deployment to UK

Ferry Stop Iceland 1944

Stopped there during deployment to UK

Combat Mission Stade, Germany 6 October 1944

Earl Wassom Crew - Crew #554
German Airfield
Flying Time: 6:05 hours

Combat Mission Hamm, Germany 22 October 1944

Ear Wassom Crew - Crew #554
Rail Yard
Flying Time: 6:00 hours

Combat Mission Bottrop, Germany 26 October 1944

Earl Wassom Crew - Crew #554
Rail Yard
Flying Time: 6:30 hours

Combat Mission Castrop-Rauxel, Germany 1 November 1944

Earl Wassom Crew - Crew #554
Oil Refinery & Stroage
Flying Time: 5:35 hours

Combat Mission Karlsruhe, Germany 5 November 1944

Earl Wassom - Crew #554
Rail Yard
Flying Time: 5:15
Damaged by flak, knocking out #2 engine. Prop wouldn't feather. A second flak burst punctured the main fuel cells.

Emergency Landing 52100 Saint-Dizier, France 5 November 1944

Made an emergency landing in France with #2 engine shot out, punctured fuel tanks in the bomb bay, and the left landing gear damaged and the left main tire shredded. Ma's Lil' Angel eventually was repaired and returned to the 466th BG, however the Wassom Crew never flew her again.

Damaged in Taxi Accident Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 28 January 1945

Damaged beyond repair in a taxi accident on this date. Left landing gear snapped of cause the wing to hit the runway and break the main spar. A/C was written off for salvage. The hulk being used for ditching practice.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2020 14:30:33 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

B-24 Identification Tool ( Marchese)
B- 24 Liberator PMD, Marchese

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2020 09:25:55 Emily Changes to description and events
Sources

Diary of David Redfern 2nd Air Division Digital Archive

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2016 01:52:16 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Earl Wassom Papers

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 00:49:13 466thHistorian Changes to events and media associations
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2014 23:15:21 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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