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41-28591

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, crashed at Mangelsdorf, crew baled out 21-Jun-44. 10 x POW. MACR 5933.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Richard Briggs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Burton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Hagan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Pool

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Daniel Reading

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leo Ryan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leroy Steingraber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Vigna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dush Vukelich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mangelsdorf on 6/21/44 in B-24 Archibald 41-28591 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5993. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Williams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Missing in Action (MIA) mission to Berlin in B-24 41-28591 attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, baled out 21-Jun-44. POW. MACR 5933. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Old Buckenham, UK 1944

Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Mangelsdorf, 39319 Jerichow, Germany 21 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, crashed at Mangelsdorf, crew baled out 21-Jun-44. 10 x POW. MACR 5933.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2016 12:21:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28591&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28644113

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2016 12:07:55 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
08 August 2016 12:05:00 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM DB entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5933 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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