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42-52100

B-24 Liberator

B-24 "Lady From Bristol" # 42-52100 was assigned to the 448th Bomb Group / 714th Bomb Squadron. It had been flown from the United States to England with crew # 57 of Pilot Elmer H. Hammer Jr; Co-Pilot Morgan Goodpasture (KIA on #42-7606 of 448BG/714BS- 24 February 1944); Navigator Morris A. Thomson; Bombardier Roger E. Cuddeback; Engineer/Top Turret gunner Edwin J. Wingfield; Radio Operator Thaddeus M. Domzalski; Gunners Arthur R. Krueger, Francis A. Farris, Melvin P. Rosencranz and Fred G. Rowe.

Note: Hammer, Thomson, Cuddeback, Wingfield, Krueger, Farris, Rosencranz and Rowe were later transferred to the 44th Bomb Group/66th Bomb Squadron.

On return from target on the 25 February mission to Fürth, Germany, hit by Flak, #42-52100 was last seen Southeast of Amiens, France at about 17,000ft, losing altitude, straggling behind the formation. Crashed into the sea near Le Touquet, France.
Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2956. All crew members were killed :
Pilot Lawrence M. Edman;
Co-Pilot Edward P. Meents Jr;
Navigator Joseph C. Chaffin;
Bombardier Philip Mutson;
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner James W. Dailey Jr;
Radio Operator/Assistant Engineer Jack A. Ghormley;
Ball Turret Gunner Harold L. DeLay;
Right Waist Gunner John Wallenda Jr;
Left Waist Gunner Henry J. Kracyla;
Tail Gunner John B. Nelson.

All are still listed as Missing In Action (MIA), except Jack Ghormley whose body washed ashore four months after the crash. He is buried at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France where his comrades are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing.

Service

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bomb Group was a B-24 Liberator Group that flew out of Seething, Norfolk. The Group flew their first mission on the 22nd December 1943 and over the next eighteen months the air crews flew 262 missions over occupied Europe. These bombing...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Chaffin

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52100 'The Lady From Bristol' was last seen loosing altitude and falling behind the formation on the return from a mission to Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944. A/c most likely went down in the Norht Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roger Cuddeback

    Military | 448th Bomb Group

  • James Dailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52100 'The Lady From Bristol' was last seen loosing altitude and falling behind the formation on the return from a mission to Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944. A/c most likely went down in the Norht Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Delay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52100 'The Lady From Bristol' was last seen loosing altitude and falling behind the formation on the return from a mission to Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944. A/c most likely went down in the Norht Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Edman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52100 'The Lady From Bristol' was last seen loosing altitude and falling behind the formation on the return from a mission to Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944. A/c most likely went down in the Norht Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Farris

    Military | 448th Bomb Group

  • Jack Ghormley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Jack (John) Ghormley's Father Jesse, a WWI veteran who served as a Private in the 335th Filed Artillery in France, died on 30 July 1936 in Seaford, NY, leaving his widow Irene with five children to raise, Edna, John (Jack), Florence, Henri and Mirian...

  • Morgan Goodpasture

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Woluwe-St-Etienne, Belgium on a mission to Gotha on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7606 'Abie's Irish Rose'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Hammer

    Military | pilot | 448th Bomb Group

  • Henry Kracyla

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52100 'The Lady From Bristol' was last seen loosing altitude and falling behind the formation on the return from a mission to Furth, GR on 25 Feb 1944. A/c most likely went down in the Norht Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

Places

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) into the sea near Le Touquet, France 25 February 1944

Hit by Flak over Amiens, crashed into the sea off the coast, near Le Touquet

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2018 05:28:06 Geary Rowe Changes to person associations
Sources

Geary Rowe

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2018 05:24:25 Geary Rowe Changes to media associations
Sources

Geary Rowe

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 10:05:00 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2956
448th BG archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2956 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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