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41-28710

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA. MACR 5803.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • Robert Buck

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • George Cooksey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • Leslie Fischer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • Victor Fleishman

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • Benjamin Isgrig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • Vladimir Kovalchick

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944/Prisoner of War (POW). Taken to Rennes Prison Camp. Transferred to Chartreuse Musical University. Sent to German prison camp via Paris and then on...

  • Ollie Van Horssen

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' 41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12 June 1944. Evaded (EVD).

  • Kenneth Zierdt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    B-24 'Squat 'N Droppit' #41-28710 shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnemain 12 June 1944. Killed in Action (KIA) - Parachute incident.

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...

  • 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
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK 1943 – 20 February 1944

Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Seething, Norwich NR15, UK 20 February 1944 – 12 June 1944

Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) 35270 Bonnemain, France 12 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA. MACR 5803.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 13:27:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28710&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28622263
http://www.b24bestweb.com/squatndroppit2.htm

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

MACR 5803 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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