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41-29350

B-24 Liberator

B-24 41-29350 was lost on 18 July 18 1944 over France. The aircraft took a direct hit by flak in the bomb bay while leaving the target, severing the control cables and forcing the pilots to attempt to ditch in the Channel off the coast of France. Four of the crew were killed in the crash, four were injured. All the survivors were taken prisoner.

Crew:
2nd Lt. Edward F. Kaspshak - pilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. James J. Ruzicka - copilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. Peter P. Igoe - navigator (KIA)
2nd Lt. Thomas E. Baker - bombardier (POW)
T/Sgt. Russell L. Jackson - radio operator (WIA, POW)
T/Sgt. Louis J. McCarville - engineer/top turret (KIA)
S/Sgt. Gene L. Carroll - ball turret gunner (WIA, POW)
S/Sgt. Lawrence M. Brustrom - right waist gunner (POW)
S/Sgt. Robert D. Fox - left waist gunner (WIA, POW)
S/Sgt. Pete D. Giughello - tail gunner (WIA, POW)

Service

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifford Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into English Channel on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350

  • Lawrence Brustrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into Baltic on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350

  • Gene Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into English Channel on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350 POW

  • William Champney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Cowan

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

  • Albert Crittenden

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Gustave Duhon

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

  • James Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Appointed Assistant Squadron Adjutant. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Fox

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed into Baltic on 7/18/44 in B-24 Spare Parts #4129350 POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

Places

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
First 466th BG Combat Mission Berlin, Germany 22 March 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Mont Saint-Michel, France 18 July 1944

may have flown into cluster bombs from another group a/c. Ditched just off shore.
Kaspshak Crew

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2017 08:31:50 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougsheley/4264625322?ytcheck=1
MACR 8163

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 00:26:21 466thHistorian Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 00:25:17 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 00:24:18 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 16:11:03 Bill Morris Changes to media associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 16:21:48 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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

MACR 8163 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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