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41-29273

B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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, Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cedric Cole

    Military | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fittinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Fittinger

    Military | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Peter Kowal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Mortinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Peacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Scheiding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Spaven

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • James Wedding

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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

MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by flak at approximately 1938 hours SW of Hamm. The #2 engine caught fire and 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. Spaven KIA in final attack by Heinz Bar, remaining crew baled out. A/C crashed Hoetmar.

Revisions

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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