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42-100046

B-24 Liberator

B-24J "Patsy Ann" - Serial 42-100046 of 389th Bomb Group/565th Bomb Squadron crashed shortly after take-off on the 10 February 1944 mission to the Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands. The weather was very cold and misty and it is presumed that icing was the cause of the crash, which happened near Timerham, north of the 389th BG base at Hethel. All 10 men on board were killed. No MACR.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lewis Elwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Lewis Elwood was working on his parents' farm in Ohio in 1940. Enlisting in November 1942, he was sent overseas and was assigned to the 389th Bomb Group in England. He was Top Turret Gunner on B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann' when it crashed shortly after...

  • Lonnie Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Lonnie Lewis was working on his parents' farm in Yazoo County, Mississippi in 1940. He enlisted in August 1942 and was sent overseas in 1943 and assigned to the 389th Bomb Group in England. He was a Gunner on B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann' when it...

  • George Lewman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    George Lewman was a Nose Gunner on B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann' when it crashed shortly after takeoff, believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland on 10 February 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Loebs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed shortly after takeoff believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland in B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Pasquale Mirando

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group
    Pasquale Mirando was a member of the 389th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. He was on B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann' when it crashed shortly after takeoff, believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland on 10...

  • Elmer Rightmire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed shortly after takeoff believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland in B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed shortly after takeoff believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland in B-24J #42-1000046 'Patsy Ann'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William West

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed shortly after takeoff believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland in B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Yelvington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed shortly after takeoff believed due to severe icing conditions on a mission to Gilze-Rijen airfield, Holland in B-24J #42-100046 'Patsy Ann'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed near Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom 10 February 1944

crashed shortly after take-off, probably due to icing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2015 11:13:50 ED-BB Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Crash of "Patsy Ann" 10 February 1944
ABMC website

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