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41-28720

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, just short of IP hit by flak causing oil leak on #4 and turbo failure #2. Dropped out of formation, calling for fighter cover, Me210's attacked them knocking out the tail gunner and raking the fuselage. Crew baled out prior to crash Finsterwalde. 5 x POW, 5 KIA. 8-Mar-44. MACR 3345.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • John Adamson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Berrio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Daskam

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Henry Forbes

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billy Freeman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and an ME210 on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24H #41-28720. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jesse Lack

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Willard Lowman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Elmer Moe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Rabideau

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Prisoner of War (POW). Luft I, IV, and VI. POW

  • Jake Tamburello

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Prisoner of War (POW). Held in Stalag Luft IV.

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 Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK 1943 – 8 March 1944

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 03238 Finsterwalde, Germany 8 March 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, just short of IP hit by flak causing oil leak on #4 and turbo failure #2. Dropped out of formation, calling for fighter cover, Me210's attacked them knocking out the tail gunner and raking the fuselage. Crew baled out prior to crash Finsterwalde. 5 x POW, 5 KIA. 8-Mar-44. MACR 3345.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2016 13:09:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28720&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28629833

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

MACR 3345 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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