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42-52335

B-24 Liberator

Hit by FW190 fighters, crashed near Ponthion, ±15km NE of Vitry-le-François, Marne Department, France. Pilot John H. Combs Jr (POW); Co-Pilot Charles W. Roof (EVD); Navigator Eugene M. Hoag (EVD); Bombardier Charles G. Bieber (KIA); Radio Operator Robert O. Behrens (EVD); Top Turret gunner Anthony B. McKeon (EVD); Ball Turret gunner Clayton L. Miller (KIA); Left Waist gunner Harry L. Tamboer (KIA); Right Waist gunner Joe Wagner (POW) and Tail Gunner Rochatd O. McCarthy (KIA). 4 Killed In Action (KIA), 2 Prisoners of War (POW), 4 Evaded (EVD). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4342.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frederick Angeloch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Behrens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Evaded with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. After landing near Ponthion, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different places. After...

  • Charles Bieber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Charles Bieber was Bombardier on board B-24 # 42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down by fighters on 25 April 1944. He bailed out at about 6000ft, but his parachute didn't open and his remains were found in the debris of the Liberator near...

  • William Butt

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze. 27-May-44. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Combs

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-24 #42-52335 'Admirable Little Character'. Prisoner of War (POW). Ended his military career as a Colonel in the US Air Force.

  • Paul Faggioli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze, along with pilot received facial burns in the ensuing fire 27-May-44. ...

  • Carson Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, , WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Fuggett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Hoag

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Eugene Hoag was Navigator on B-24 #42-52335 "Admirable Little Character", shot down 25 April 1944 over France. After landing near the crash site near Ponthion (Marne Department), France, he was sheltered, fed, clothed, transported at and to different...

  • Anthony Keon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 25 January 1944

hit by FW190 fighters, crashed near Ponthion, ±15km NE of Vitry-le-François, Marne Department, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 11:56:41 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 4342

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 10:35:51 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 4342

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 10:35:08 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4342

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2017 09:31:13 ErikWineke Changes to nicknames and media associations
Sources

My Grandfather was on the plane when it was shot down

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

MACR 4342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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