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41-29177

B-24 Liberator

Hit by by AA over Ludwigshafen, Germany 26 August 1944, MACR 8471, managed to stay airborne until Saarbrücken, Germany where after coming under further AA fire, was abandoned by its crew and crashed near Schoeneck, France. The SS executed four of the crew after they surrendered, one died during bailout (Jack Staton), four survived as Prisoner of Wars (POW), and one (pilot Ralph Shaffer) was not seen again and later declared dead.

Service

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Willard Fetterhoff

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed by SS personnel near Saarbrücken.

  • Albert Lang

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Schoenackau on 8/26/44 in B-24 Ginger #4129177

  • George Lesko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Bailed out near Schoenecken, France from B-24 "Ginger" #4129177 on 8/26/44 The SS executed 4 of the crew after they surrendered, one died during bailout, 4 survivors as Prisoner of War (POW), and one (pilot Ralph Shaffer) was seen...

  • Frank Loichinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Schoenackau on 8/26/44 in B-24 Ginger #4129177 POW

  • Jack Maxwell

    Military | Private | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed by SS personnel near Saarbrücken.

  • Norman Phillips

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schoenackau on 8/26/44 in B-24 Ginger #4129177 POW

  • Ralph Shaffer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Missing In Action (MIA) after bailing out near Schoeneck, France from B-24 Ginger #4129177 on 08/26/1944.

  • Jack Staton

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Schoenackau in B-24 Ginger on 8/26/44 AC#4129177

  • Charles Wyatt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed by SS personnel near Saarbrücken.

  • Ted Zemonek

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed by SS personnel near Saarbrücken.

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 04:34:57 ausonius Changes to description
Sources

Tim Shaffer

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 18:42:04 Bill Morris Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum
www.joebaugher.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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

MACR 8471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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