Skip to main content
Edit entry 

41-28764

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, generator problems soon after take off compromised electrical system, on return leg noted fuel shortage, preparations for ditching carried out. Plane ditched in North Sea. 7 x RTD, 5 x KIA. 9 x crew rescued by Royal Navy motor launch 498, 2 x crew died after rescue. 29-Apr-44. MACR 5473.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • John Bloznelis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator Dead Reckoning | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Dead reckoning Navigator on B-24H 41-28764. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). Body not recovered. Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Henry Boisclair

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Combat damage knocked out engine and caused fuel leak. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Rescued by Royal Navy Launch 498. 29-Apr-1944. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Bryant

    Military | Captain | 786th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer - Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-28764. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Arthur Delclisur

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea in B-24H 41-28764. 29-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Harold Freeman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. On takeoff from Hethel to Tunisia in B24 42-40701 when fuel ran low and 2 engines cut out so emergency landing made at Sisi Ahmed. All crew returned. 21-Sep-43. Freeman was injured. WIA. RTD. Ditched in North Sea in...

  • John Hortenstine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24H 41-28673 ran off the runway on landing at Old Buckenham on 23-Mar-44. RTD. Combat damage knocked out engine and caused fuel leak. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Rescued by Royal Navy Launch 498. 29-Apr-1944....

  • Alfred Locke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Pedro Paez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24H 41-28673 ran off the runway on landing at Old Buckenham on 23-Mar-44. RTD. Combat damage knocked out engine and caused fuel leak. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Rescued by Royal Navy Launch 498. 29-Apr-1944....

  • Kenneth Reed

    Military | Lieutenant | Instrument Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28764. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Body never recovered. Awards: AM (2 OLC), PH.

  • Errol Self

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24H 41-28673 ran off the runway on landing at Old Buckenham on 23-Mar-44. RTD. Combat damage knocked out engine and caused fuel leak. Ditched in North Sea. 29-Apr-44. Rescued by Royal Navy Launch 498. 29-Apr-1944....

Show more

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, CA, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hethel, Norwich NR14, UK 1943 – 29 April 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched North Sea 29 April 1944

Shot down 29-Apr-44. Plane ditched in North Sea. 7 x RTD, 5 x KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2017 23:17:04 Libfan Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

The entry http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/807 is incorrect. 41-28764 was a 15th AF Pathfinder variously assigned to 376BG, 459BG and latterly, the 455BG. The correct serial for the 392BG aircraft coded YO-F is 41-28784. The evidence can be seen on the photograph on page 15 of Peter Bodle's LIBERATORS IN ENGLAND IN WORLD WAR II (Images of War, Pen and Sword 2008). The image is backed by the 8th Air Force research of Tom Brittan (decd) and my own B-24 research. A scan of the image is available by contacting me. The serial shown against each crew member in the entry requires correction also. The MACR 5473 also shows the correct serial to be 41-28784. Built as a standard H, after assignment to the 8AF, the aircraft was modified as a Pathfinder (lead radar aircraft) and carried the designator 'HSH' rather than just 'H' as originally built.

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 20:52:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5473
https://www.fold3.com/image/28658978
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28953165

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

MACR 5473 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share