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41-28678

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) - Aircraft was lost due to mechanical failure on 22-Mar-44 mission to bomb the BMW engine factory at Basdorf outside Berlin,Germany. Eight of the crew became POW's and one was killed because he didn't have the right type of harness for his parachute and went down with the plane. MACR 3555.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leonard Blednick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed S of the Hoever, Luneberg, Germany area on a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. On bale out signal, found that his chute and harness had the same fixing system, so was unable to bale out. Killed in...

  • Donald Dugmore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Malcolm Dunlevie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • John Miller

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Charles New

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Delvin Pederson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Dean Pilkington

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • David Schulz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Scimeca

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Storm

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Eng | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned 1943 – 22 January 1944

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF.

Crashed Hanover, Germany 22 January 1944 – 22 March 1944

Aircraft was lost due to mechanical failure on 22-Mar-44 mission to bomb the BMW engine factory at Basdorf outside Berlin,Germany. Eight of the crew became POW's and one was killed because he didn't have the right type of harness for his parachute and went down with the plane. MACR 3555.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 17:05:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=3555&Submit=Go
http://www.458bg.com/crew72dunlevie.htm

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

MACR 3555 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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