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41-28629

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission 13-Apr-44. Last seen 12 miles past IP heading across lake near Friedrickshafen in direction of Switzerland. Oil leak on #4 engine and oxygen system failure caused the abort. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland 10 x Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Later scrapped in Switzerland.

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...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron
  • 734th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Backus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Grover Cleveland

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Joe Dejarnette

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Dooley

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and rising to the rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Harold Helwig

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Jewell Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Keith Pearson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Wilmer Potter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Harold Serine

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • George Uxa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission 13-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28629. Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland Interned (INT). MACR 3834. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

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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...

  • Dubendorf Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Old Buckenham, UK 1943

Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Old Buckenham, UK 1944

Transferred to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Friedrichshafen, Germany 13 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission 13-Apr-44. Last seen 12 miles past IP heading across lake near Friedrickshafen in direction of Switzerland.

Interned Dübendorf, Switzerland 13 April 1944 – 1945

Landed Dübendorf, Switzerland 10 x Interned (INT).

Scrapped Switzerland 1945

Scrapped in Switzerland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 18:26:44 466thHistorian Changes to place associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCbendorf_Air_Base

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2016 18:26:04 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCbendorf_Air_Base

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 16:48:52 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28629&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29619641
http://www.b24bestweb.com/blondesaway-v2-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 13:37:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28629&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29619641
http://www.b24bestweb.com/blondesaway-v2-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3834 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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