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B-24 Liberator

A/C lost in mid air explosion after E/A strafing. Entire crew lost KIA.
1st Lt Kenneth A Whiting - pilot (KIA) Salt Lake City, Utah
1st Lt Alvin W Moore - copilot (KIA) McMinnville, Oregon
2nd Lt Francis J Bednarek - navigator (KIA) Ashley, Pennsylvania
2nd Lt Edward S Waneski - bombardier (KIA) Brooklyn, New York
Sgt Peter Breda - top turret gunner (KIA) Lima, Ohio
Sgt Harry V Bates - ball turret gunner (KIA) Reinholds, Pennsylvania
Sgt Joseph Garbacz - right waist gunner (KIA) Detroit, Michigan
S/Sgt Milton R Nitsch - left waist gunner (KIA) Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sgt Elmer J Anderson - nose turret gunner (KIA) Los Angeles, California
Sgt Oscar W Bateman - tail turret gunner (KIA) Baton Rouge, Louisiana





Event Location Date
Assigned 71025 Castelluccio dei Sauri FG, Italy 30 May 1944

Assigned to the 725th Bomb Squadron, 451st Bomb Group, 15th Air Force.

Shot Down Türnitz, Austria 23 August 1944

A/C was attacked and strafed by FW-190s over Turnitz, Austria on 23 August 1944. The fire that started on the left wing behind the #1 engine led to an explosion which left the A/C uncontrollable with all crew members KIA [killed in action]. MACR 7956.


Date Contributor Update
05 November 2016 02:57:14 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 14:20:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and media associations

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