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B-24 Liberator

Nicknames Origin - A short snorter is either:
a/ A drink of liquor, usually swallowed in one quick gulp. A "short snorter" is a drink of liquor that's not quite full.
b/ A banknote inscribed by people traveling together on an aircraft. The tradition was started by Alaskan Bush flyers in the 1920s and spread through the military and commercial aviation. During World War II short snorters were signed by flight crews and conveyed good luck to soldiers crossing the Atlantic. Friends would take the local currency and sign each other's bills creating a "keepsake of your buddy's signatures".

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

  • 579th Bomb Squadron

People

  • H Abshier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Dallas Books

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot-4 engine | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-24H #41-28742 and crashed W of Rottweil, GR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Adolph Bremer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Des Moines, IA June 1943. Joined 392nd BG June 1944. Rank at end of WW II was 2nd Lt. Bombardier for Wade Sewell. Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673. Evaded (EVD)

  • Alphonsus Coogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673

  • Lester Fulton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673

  • Robert Leigh

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673

  • John Negri

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673

  • William Richards

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673

  • Wade Sewell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Crashed near Lichtaart on 9/18/44 in B-24 #4250673. Evaded (EVD) DFC

  • Everett Weise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 September 1944 in AC #4250673 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ GS/ PH

Places

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 2 August 1944

MISSION#142, Target: Corbie. Returning from target, when hit by Flak approaching French coast, lost 3 engines and crash landed 1/4 mile short of Manston. Single casualty St/Sgt Arthur L Abshier, Flight Engineer KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 18:43:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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