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42-100001

B-24 Liberator

On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Five of the crew were killed, and five survived.

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

  • Lon Byram

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Lon J. Byram was the bombardier on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Lt. Byram and 4 others. ...

  • Floyd Ernst

    Military | Private | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
    Private Floyd Stanley Ernst was born and raised in Tomahawk, WI. He joined the Army Air Corps on 11 September 1942, and was stationed in England from July 1943 to his death on 28 January 1944. ...

  • Alan Green

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40775. ...

  • Halbert Grimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

  • Donald Hickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD. Earlier on June 25, 1943 on training mission, B24 42-40774 collided with another ac

  • Nathan Hylan

    Military | Major | Flight Surgeon | 352nd Fighter Group
    Maj. Nathan W. Hylan was a respected physician and well-known member of the Derry Flying Club in the small town of Derry, N.H. Like many others during wartime, Hylan traded in his civilian life for military service. He was assigned to the medical...

  • Johnnie Lechmann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

  • Joseph Rubin

    Military | Sergeant | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
    Sgt. Joseph J. Rubin was a passenger on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Sgt. Rubin and 4 others. ...

  • Donald Sherman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.

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 Stowlangtoft, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31, UK 28 January 1944

At Bridge Farm, Stowlandtoft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2019 20:18:00 adamandnichole Changes to media associations
Sources

U.S. National Archives

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2019 14:25:05 adamandnichole Changes to media associations
Sources

Family member also perished in the same crash.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 21:59:52 adamandnichole Changes to media associations
Sources

Family perished in the same crash.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 12:15:25 Lucy May Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_5.html
http://aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-100001&Submit4=Go

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