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41-28641

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) practice mission, A/C became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with badly wounded crew members [Sgt Nissen and Sgt Tollefsen]. 2 x WIA, 10 x POW. MACR 2968.
Impressed by Luftwaffe and flown by KG200 as a transport coded A3+KG until it was abandoned by a retreating Luftwaffe at Salzburg in May-45.

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...

  • 732nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Emerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failling to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Boyd McClure

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failling to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Martin Nissen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Wounded by flak in heel of foot. Repatriated in...

  • Chester O'Donnell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Stimik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failling to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frithjof Tollefsen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Wounded by flak in knee. Repatriated in Jan-45...

  • John Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failling to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968.

  • William Upchurch

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leo Walton

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Aubrey Weldon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On practice mission, became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with a badly wounded crew member. POW. MACR 2968. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Old Buckenham, UK 1944

Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Czech Republic 4 February 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) practice mission, A/C became lost shortly after take off, failling to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with badly wounded crew members. 2 x WIA, 10 x POW. MACR 2968.

Impressed by Luftwaffe Germany 5 February 1944 – May 1944

Impressed by Luftwaffe and flown by KG200 as a transport coded A3+KG until it was abandoned by a retreating Luftwaffe at Salzburg in May-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2016 10:58:44 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/ceegee.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28641
https://www.fold3.com/image/37105486
Luftwaffe KG 200: The German Air Force's Most Secret Unit of World War II By Geoffrey J. Thomas, Barry Ketley.
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II by Nicholas A Veronico.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2016 19:28:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/ceegee.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28641
https://www.fold3.com/image/37105486
Luftwaffe KG 200: The German Air Force's Most Secret Unit of World War II By Geoffrey J. Thomas, Barry Ketley.
Bloody Skies: U.S. Eighth Air Force Battle Damage in World War II by Nicholas A Veronico.

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

MACR 2968 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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