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42-50774

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator "Stand By" from the 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. She was a Ford B-24J-5-FO Liberator (s/n 42-50774). It was, along with 4 other B-24s, hit by falling bombs from a higher flying B-17 group which caused a fire in the bomb bay. 3 of her crew were KIA, 2 were captured and 4 made it back to England. MACR 14173

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • William Ansel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Culig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Flakne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Returned to base.

  • Robert Huff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Robbins

    Military | Major | Navigator/Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Evaded. ...

  • James Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #42-50774 'Standby', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Sommer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Returned to base.

  • Frank Suelflow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 42-50774 'Standby', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Sutter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 April 1945 in B-24 #4250774 'Standby. ' Returned to base.

Missions

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 Royan, France 14 April 1945

Along with 4 other B-24s, hit by falling bombs from a higher flying B-17 group which caused a fire in the bomb bay. 3 of her crew were KIA, 2 were captured and 4 made it back to England. MACR 14173

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 19:59:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 14173 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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