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42-50334

B-24 Liberator

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

  • Phillip Fry

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Gordon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Gordon Hanson

    Military | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Frederick Kritz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Elworth McAnally

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Irving Pohl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Edward Sedlak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer; Gunner, Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Purple Heart, DFC/Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Eugene Wigley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Harmon Wilcox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 11 July 1944 in B-24 #4250334 DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Stuttgart, Germany 11 July 1944

Squadron #334.

This aircraft departed Tibenham, UK for an operational bombing mission to Munich, Germany. Over the target, ship was hit by anti-aircraft fire, resulting in loss of one engine.

"Blackjack" was unable to keep up with its formation and dropped behind, picking up a friendly fighter escort. It was last seen at 1354 hours in the vicinity of Stuttgart, Germany.

Other members of the squadron believed that pilot Fry intended to make for Switzerland.

The crash site, and resting places of the crew, are unknown.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2019 17:52:50 MissingMarines Changes to nicknames, markings and events
Sources

Information from:
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 6942.
Individual Deceased Personnel Files of Fry, Gordon, Hanson, Kritz, McAnally, Pohl, Sedlak, Wigley, and Wilcox.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6942 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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