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42-78483

B-24 Liberator

On August 9, 1944, the aircraft was on a mission, presumably to bomb targets in Saarbrücken, Germany. Hit by flak, it crashed near St. Avold, Lorraine, France. Several crew members survived, others perished, but at least two survivors were subsequently killed by German Gestapo in a brutal act of murder.

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...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Avdek

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 August 1944 in B-24 #4278483. Evaded. E&E# 2737. Missing in Action (MIA) DATE: 09 AUG 44-FREE DATE: 5 DEC 44 S/Sergeant. Avdek, 16088997, escaped from a truck with help from a Frenchman. He stayed with M. and Mme. Alfred Filliung, Hellering...

  • Bernard Gordy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-24 #4278483 Stalag Luft III/IV and I. Released May 1, 45. POW

  • William Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 August 1944 in B-24 #4278483

  • John Kanyak

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 August 1944 in B-24 #4278483 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Michael Mikrut

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and crashed in channel on 8/9/44 in B-24 #4278483 POW

  • Vance Murphy

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 9 August 1944 in B-24 #4278483 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Barney Stemp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-24 #4278483, treated for a severe head injury by the French underground who eventually aided him in returning to his unit. ...

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-24 #4278483 RTD

  • Dale Watson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-24 #4278483 POW

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 57500 Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France 9 August 1944 – 9 August 1944

Airplane was on a mission, presumably to bomb targets in Saarbrücken, Germany, on 9 August 1944. Hit by flak, it crashed near St. Avold, Lorraine, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 21:00:18 N9547v Changes to description
Sources

see previous

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 20:56:16 N9547v Changes to description
Sources

see my remarks on crew members Kanyak and Murphy

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 19:15:22 N9547v Changes to events
Sources

see previous remarks

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2018 19:12:49 N9547v Changes to events
Sources

see my remarks to John Kanyak and Vance Murphy

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7385 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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