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42-7507

B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 576th Bomb Squadron
  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Samuel Bowman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 11 Feb 1944. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 11 July 1944. Trans/12th RCD 16 July 1944.

  • Patrick Commisa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. Trans/492 BG 6/20/44.

  • Bernard Creedon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. DS/1287 Military Police Company 6/13/44. Trans/492 BG...

  • Thomas Curry

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD.

  • Kenneth Dropek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd. . 2/11/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 5/30/44. Trans to 482nd BG 6/16/44.

  • Donald Ennis

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd. 7/5/44. On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD. Completed tour 2/26/45. Trans/70 RD 3/15/45.

  • Charles Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Gordon flew 17 missions as a navigator and 18 as a bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England. ...

  • Thomas Gorrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew on 'Heaven Can Wait'

  • James Rossman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Our crew arrived in England on about the last day of November or the first of December, 1943. The American Air Offensive against Nazi Germany was under way with daily strikes against Nazi targets. Our crew, along with six others, were assigned to the...

  • Michael Tarzia

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On the return from a mission to ST Pol/Siracourt, FR on 12 Mar 1944, AC #42-7507 'Heaven Can Wait', crashed landed at RAF Friston, Sussex and burned. RTD.

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Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • 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 Friston, Eastbourne BN20, UK 12 March 1944

Burned after making an wheels up emergency landing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 03:30:33 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/heavencanwait-v3-1.htm

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