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41-29122

B-24 Liberator

Per records on 445bg.org: Lost propeller on number one engine on mission 12-24-1943. Emergency landing at Tibenham, England. Plane was salvaged 12-25-1943. Account of nose gunner Lewis C Johnson, also stated that when the prop came off it damaged the number two engine and embedded itself in the wing.
No recorded nose art/nickname.

Service

Units

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 702nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lewis Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose gunner, armorer. | 445th Bomb Group
    Lewis Johnson served as a nose gunner and armorer for the 445th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Tibenham, England.

  • Norris Winn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Assistant Squadron Engineer Officer | 445th Bomb Group
    Norris L. Winn served as a Assistant Squadron Engineer Officer with the 702nd Bomb Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Tibenham, England.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

Places

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Salvaged Tibenham, UK 25 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 11:36:25 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://445bg.org/files/445thBG_Acft_sorted_by_Tail_Number.xlsx

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:44:52 ericdowneast Changes to mission associations
Sources

445bg.org. plane / missions list

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:35:16 ericdowneast Changes to description
Sources

Already provided...

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:31:09 ericdowneast Changes to person associations
Sources

Account of nose gunner Lewis C Johnson, cross referenced with 445BG pilot records.
Southport The War Years, An Island Remembers. by Sarah Sherman Brewer.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:27:25 ericdowneast Changes to description
Sources

445bg.org

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:25:33 ericdowneast Changes to description
Sources

445bg.org, plane/ missions list.
Published account of Lewis C Johnson, nose gunner. Southport, The War Years. An Island Remembers. By, Sarah Sherman Brewer.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 18:11:39 ericdowneast Changes to mission associations
Sources

445thbg. org aircraft records, and from published book, based on interviews with the individual.
Source: Southport, The War Years, an Island Remembers. By Sarah Sherman Brewer.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 17:51:18 ericdowneast Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

Photo provided by Lewis C Johnson, the nose gunner, who flew it's last mission. From published book, based on interviews with the individual.
Source: Southport, The War Years, an Island Remembers. By Sarah Sherman Brewer.

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