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B-24 Liberator



  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 735th Bomb Squadron


  • Earl Abke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Ray Ashba

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Darrell Boucher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Conway

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Wallace Habenicht

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Hamilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Frank Hanzalik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group

  • George Locke

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Ralph Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew missions over Germany and France from June 18, 1944 to September 13, 1944

  • Charley Neely

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group


  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 478

    17 July 1944
    Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

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  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


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Date Contributor Update
23 November 2018 15:05:20 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations