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42-7598

B-24 Liberator

The 392nd Bomb Group was more fortunate than most on the 6 March 1944 mission to Berlin in that only one of its number failed to return. B-24H 27598/E, Flak Ducker, was seen to have No 3 engine feathered before the target and to jettison its bombs. Lagging behind, it was last seen leaving the formation near the German border although still in normal flight. A wheels-down landing was attempted in a cow pasture at Overberg, the Netherlands, which was successful but for a collapsed nose wheel. Lt Erling Hestad and crew were all taken prisoner and the Luftwaffe presented with a little-harmed Liberator which they repaired and flew.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 576th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Melford Butts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Carley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Finley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Folda

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Erling Hestad

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Tim Madden

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Slagle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Troup

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). Bailed out and evaded for a time then arrested in Brussels. POW

  • Frederick Twitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Made a forced landing due to engine problems on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-7598 'The Flak Ducker'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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
Failed to Return (FTR) 3959 Overberg, Netherlands 6 March 1944

Attempted landing in a cow pasture at Overberg, the Netherlands, which was successful but for a collapsed nose wheel. Crew captured POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 20:28:08 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.airpages.ru

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 20:01:15 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.airpages.ru

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 19:40:45 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.airpages.ru

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3183 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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