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41-29306

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft crashed on a mission from Tibenham to Koblenz on 22 April 1944.

A memorial was unveiled at the crash site on 22 April 2009. This was attended by Robert Mahoney, the nephew of John F Mahoney, one of the airmen who was part of the crew on the day it crashed on 22 April 1944.

Service

Units

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bryant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Cockriel

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Evaded.

  • Charles Coffman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ray Hargis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Kolinski

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Mahoney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Killed in Action (KIA). Made contact with local resistance group in Ingooigem, Belgium and joined the organization by actively participating in sabotage for 5 months. On 09/06/1944 Mahoney and a group of 20...

  • Charles Riddle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Sneed

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Varty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129306. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Jacquetbosstraat, 8587 Spiere-Helkijn, Belgium 22 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 15:01:00 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description and mission associations
Sources

K for King website: http://b24liberator.webs.com/crew.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 14:53:13 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

News article on the unveiling of the memorial: http://www.spiere-helkijn.be/nieuws/inhuldiging-gedenkplaat-liberator

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

MACR 4172 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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