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42-7482

B-24 Liberator

Flew 13 missions with 392nd Bomb Group

Service

Units

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 577th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down over 4 January 1944 in B-24 #427482 'Shack Rat. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Copp

    Military | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Walter Day

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down over 4 January 1944 in B-24 #427482 'Shack Rat. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Egan

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service April 1941. Joined 392nd BG September 1943. Rank at end of WW II was Capt.

  • Herbert Godfrey

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down over 4 January 1944 in B-24 #427482 'Shack Rat. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Archie Haviland

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Rudolph Kapp

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down over 4 January 1944 in B-24 #427482 'Shack Rat. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Lambert

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down over 4 January 1944 in B-24 #427482 'Shack Rat. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Magee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Thomas McNichol

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-24 42-52754. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 108

    4 October 1943
    This mission is composed of five elements. The first element is a combined force of 104 B-17s from: 306BG (16); 92BG (17); 395BG (17); 303BG (19); 379BG (18) and 384BG (17) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. 77 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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Places

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned 10 August 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 4 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2018 15:30:53 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

PHOTO MACR/CNL Drawn from the records of the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association. The number of sorties flown were derived from the personal records of M/Sgt W Hoyt Barfield, the assigned dates were taken from information in the 392nd BG's files at Maxwell Air Force Base

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 1908 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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