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41-29273

B-24 Liberator

MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by Flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany. The #2 engine caught fire and the A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen. A/C then was brought under control and Lt George N. Spaven Jr regained altitude and rejoined formation. After an undetermined period of time, A/C was observed to leave formation and head west, still under control. Tailed and shot down by FW190 'Red 23' of Major Heinz Bär of II/JG1. Pilot Spaven was hit by fighter bullets in Heinz Bär's final attack and held the plane steady so his crew could bail out. He was killed in the crash of the plane, 1km North of Hoetmar, 1km from the Hoetmar/Freckenhorst road, 10km SW of Warendorf, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

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...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Allin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cedric Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Cedric Cole was Radio Operator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • James Fittinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Peter Kowal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Peter Kowal was Navigator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • James Mortinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    James Mortinson was Bombardier on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Herman Peacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Herman Peacher was Tail Gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Lawrence Scheiding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Lawrence Scheiding was Ball Turret gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak...

  • George Spaven

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 March 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). George Spaven was Pilot of 41-29273 'Flak Magnet' on the 22 April 1944 mission. Hit by flak at...

  • James Wedding

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Zedeker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Robert Zedeker was Co-Pilot on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

Missions

  • 311

    22 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) Hoetmar, 48231 Warendorf, Germany 22 April 1944

hit by flak, then by an Fw190 fighter

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 14:11:28 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4180

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 14:55:19 466thHistorian Changes to serial number and nicknames
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2016 17:13:20 rzedeker Changes to media associations
Sources

Rob Zedeker

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 14:35:08 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.458bg.com

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

MACR 4180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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