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B-24 Liberator

(Source: francecrash39-45.net, created and maintained by Mr Daniel Carville) "Rough Buddy"'s operational career ended in Alsace (eastern France) on September 10, 1944 while she was flying her 21st mission against Heilbronn marshalling yards (secondary target) in Southwestern Germany. While flying over Schirmeck, in the Eastern part of the Vosges mountains, Rough Buddy (code JU*U) got hit by German Flak at 10.38 am. She fell on Barembach village, in Schirmeck suburb, with her incendiary bomb load and crashed in Heydé street, burning 9 houses and killing one - houses were sometimes empty due to liberation battles which were starting in the nearby mountains. The crash was witnessed by 1st Free French Army NCOs. One airman only, S/Sgt Albert E. Forton (ball turret gunner), managed to bale out, landed in the German-occupied zone of Alsace and became POW in Stalag Luft 4 (Gross Tychow, now Tychowo in Poland). Unfortunately, all other crew members deceased in the crash : 2Lt Clarence B Jr Lloyd (pilot), 2Lt John M Barksdale (copilot), 2Lt John L Cushing (navig), S/Sgt George R Mellott (Nose gunner), T/Sgt Ray B Ege (mechanics/gunner), T/Sgt Gunter W Schilling (radio/gunner), S/Sgt Gerald J Miller (tail gunner), S/Sgt Roderick Mellgren (right waist gunner) and Wilson M Brockman (left waist gunner). Initial burial of the crew members took place in Schirmeck - Barembach cemetery. Today, related places of burial are : Arlington cemetery Virginia for Lloyd, Mellott, Schilling and Miller; American cemetery and Memorial of Saint-Avold (Eastern France) for Cushing and Brockman; Golden Gate National Cem. (San Bruno, CA) for Ege and Long Island National Cem. (Farmingdale, NY) for Mellgren. Finally, it is assumed that Barksdale might be still buried in Schirmeck cemetery near Barembach : in this case, the grave could bear mention "unknown".

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 707th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Barksdale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • Wilson Brockman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • John Cushing

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • Ray Ege

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • Albert Forton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Schirmeck on 9/10/44 in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390 POW

  • Clarence Lloyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • Roderick Mellgren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • George Mellott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390 Purple Heart

  • Gerald Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schirmeck in B-24 Rough Buddy #4295390

  • Gunter Schilling

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 619

    10 September 1944

Events

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2018 14:08:28 Nath Noff Changes to markings
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Typo corrections.

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2018 14:03:59 Nath Noff Changes to description
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Typo correction

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2018 16:44:49 Nath Noff Changes to description
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francecrash39-45.net

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2018 13:05:09 Nath Noff Changes to markings
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Rough Buddy nose art addition.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2018 08:39:17 Nath Noff Changes to description
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Typo correction.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2018 08:32:20 Nath Noff Changes to markings
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Correction of typo.

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2018 08:31:29 Nath Noff Changes to markings
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All information regarding biography from French site "francecrashes39-45.net - file # 2860 linked to loss of B 24 "Rough Buddy". This site has been created in 2008 and maintained since by Mr Daniel Carville and covers all crashes of Allied aircraft on French territory for WWII : 8,282 aircraft and 27,612 airmen listed to date.
Information regarding colours of "Rough Buddy" from observing your museum's pictures of 707th BS liberators and the knowledge that Rough Buddy has been produced in Ford/Willow Run factory after mid-October 1943. At that date, USAAF Spec 24114 regarding aircraft painting had been amended by a USAAF Technical Order recommending factories to abandon in-shop camouflage painting on Air Force aircrafts. Rough Buddy was then left natural metal as all other US aircraft issued after that date.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2018 12:27:05 Nath Noff Changes to description
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Correction of typos.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2018 12:21:08 Nath Noff Changes to markings
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On B-24J "Rough Buddy".

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2018 12:08:07 Nath Noff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Hello.
First of all, congratulations to the American Air Museum in Britain, which may be the only one providing such an excellent and unique presentation of air warfare over Europe during WWII.
I was delighted to browse through your databases.
Looking for data regarding the following 8th Air Force B-24 H-60-FO Liberator : "Rough Buddy" of the 707th BS (446 BG), I found that there were some blank areas in your database ; so I allowed myself to present you with some I have.
Again, all my due consideration.
Kind regards.
Nath Noff.

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