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B-24 Liberator

Originally 486th BG, later 458th BG, transferred to the 801st/492nd BG in the last half of 1944 and finally transferred to the 406th BG at Cheddington prior to 3 Jan 45. Transferred at the end of Jun 44, when 834th BS became the G-H lead squadron for 3rd BD, to 835th BS (H8 S). After 19 Jul 44, when 486th BG flew its last mission with B-24s, and following depot modification (including application of gloss black paint) it was assigned to 406th BS (Night Leaflet) as J6 E and was salvaged as a result of the crash on 3 Jan 45. Crashed and burned killing all aboard (10 - cause undetermined) on takeoff, the evening of 3-Jan-45.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 406th Bomb Group
  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron
  • 834th Bomb Squadron
  • 835th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Phillip Brinkman

    Military | Corporal | Draftsman | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF as 'Draftsman' as the aircorp had no definition for an artist !! Notable nose art artist. Bio: - http://www.philbrinkman.com/phil-brinkman-biography.htm

  • William Cusack

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William Joseph Cusack June 27, 1918 - Sept. 25, 2011 Resident of Concord, California William Joseph Cusack passed away at age 93 after a long and rewarding life. "Bill," to those who new him, was born in New York. He enlisted and served in the Army Air...

  • George Hawkes

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), went on secret leaflet mission on 3 Jan 45, his plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war...

  • Ray Hendrix

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed in Aston Clinton, England after a night leaflet mission. Memorial plaque in Aston Clinton's Church of St. Michael and All Angels. Awards: PH.

  • William Lawson

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), went on secret leaflet mission on 3 Jan 45, his plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war...

  • Charles Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), went on secret leaflet mission on 3 Jan 45, his plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war...

  • Vincent Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group
    Plane crash in Aston Clinton, England. Ray Hendrix was piloting the plane. All crew members were killed. Memorial plaque in Aston Clinton's Church of St. Michael and All Angels Awards: PH.

  • Jerome Pfullmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), went on secret leaflet mission on 3 Jan 45, his plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war...

  • Samuel Schaeffer

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 406th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 3 January 1945 when his aircraft took off successfully, turned right and subsequently crashed and burned. All crew members were killed. Awards: PH.

  • Blythe Smyth

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group
    Plane crashed near Aston Clinton, England. All crew members died. Unit was part of Carpetbaggers that dropped leaflets, relief supplies and paratroopers on day and night flights. ...

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Places

  • Acton Place

    Military site : non-airfield
    The manor and grounds were home to the 136th Station Hospital. The site is now an industrial estate.

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1944
Assigned Sudbury CO10, UK 1944

Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Sudbury CO10, UK June 1944

Transferred to 835BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Harrington, Northampton NN6 9NU, UK August 1944

Transferred to 801BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Harrington, Northampton NN6 9NU, UK October 1944

Transferred to 406BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, UK 3 January 1945

Crashed and burned killing all aboard, cause undetermined, on takeoff, the evening of 3-Jan-45. Nr Aston Clinton.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2018 21:32:46 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/cancer2.htm
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Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 11:14:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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