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41-28779

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar.

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Politz. Shortly after bombs away reported flak damage which had taken out 1 engine with a 2nd running rough, headed for Sweden. Flak had killed the co-pilot [at waist gun position] and left bombardier with damaged chute. Remaining crew baled out except bombardier and command pilot who force landed. 12 x POW, 1 x KIA.
MACR 6533.

The aircraft was repaired and flown by the Luftwaffe as KO+XA until it crashed on take off at Wackersleben on 13 April 1945, and was deliberately set alight by the Germans.

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. ...

  • 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

People

  • Garland East

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Force landed in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich. 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Albert Flack

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Hackett

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Squadron Commander | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Politz as command pilot. Shortly after bombs away reported flak damage which had taken out 1 engine with a 2nd running rough, headed for Sweden. Flak had killed the co-pilot [at...

  • Charles McGinty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glen Naze

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Purcell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Milton Rosas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich. 20-Jun-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 6533. Hit in head by flak whilst manning the waist gun position. Awards: AM (3 OLC), PH(OLC).

  • Benjamin Rosenberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Shoup

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Sides

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-24 41-28779 at Alt Kabelich 20-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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 – 20 June 1944

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

Forced landed Pölitz, Germany 20 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Politz. Shortly after bombs away reported flak damage which had taken out 1 engine with a 2nd running rough, headed for Sweden. Flak had killed the co-pilot [at waist gun position] and left bombardier with damaged chute. Remaining crew baled out except bombardier and command pilot who forced landed. 12 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 6533.

Operated by Luftwaffe Germany 21 June 1944 – 13 April 1945

A/C was repaired and flown by the Luftwaffe as KO+XA.

Crashed 39393 Wackersleben, Germany 13 April 1945

Crashed on take off at Wackersleben 13-Apr-45, and was deliberately set alight by the Germans.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2018 15:51:01 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Correction of B-24 nickname - Arthur Suppona Via Nate Bosley

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2016 17:12:10 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

'This was a "pathfinder" aircraft equipped with Aps-15 radar.'
Information provided by Arthur R Suppona.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 19:20:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991747
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28779

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

MACR 6533 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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