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42-7485

B-24 Liberator

“Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief. “ (b24.net) The aircraft was badly damaged during a combat mission to Kiel. The pilot attempted to land, but crashed at Pretty Corner, Sheringham, Norfolk. Five crew members lost their lives. There is a memorial for the crew in the churchyard of All Saints, Upper Sheringham, dedicated on 4 January 1992.

Service

Units

  • 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 allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 577th Bomb Squadron
  • 578th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Barton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham Injured.

  • Donald Belden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. ...

  • Arthur Cound

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham,

  • Earl Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred,' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured.

  • Parke Kent

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured. Later was shot...

  • Edward Murphy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham....

  • Virgil Thomson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham.

  • Lester Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at New Cumberland, PA September 1942. Joined 392nd October 1943. Rank at end of WW II was T/Sergeant. Pilot-Colby Waugh. Discharged June 1951. hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got...

  • Colby Waugh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham.

  • Henry Wilk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner; Armorer | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base, their B-24 'Alfred,' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured. . He is the...

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Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Pretty Corner, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk 4 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2015 21:00:14 usxpat Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/
www.b24.net

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