B-24H 42-94914 'Agony Wagon' 498BG/846BS was hit by a bomb dropped from above by 93BG over the target of Magdeburg, Germany which struck the aircraft between engines #1 and #2 causing complete failure of the wing and setting the aircraft on fire. (9-man crew) 7KIA 1POW 1POW-DOW. MACR 8586
P 2LT Walter S Springer (KIA); CP 2Lt Francis T Bowery (KIA)
N 2Lt Jack S. Frank (KIA); B 2Lt Jerry C. Debes (KIA)
E/TTG SSgt Heinz G. Steffan (KIA); RO SSgt Clarence G Baumgarten (KIA)
BTG Sgt Frederick B. Henning (KIA); WG Sgt Robert R Dede (POW-DOW)
TG Sgt Rex C. Knapp.
The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
Killed in action
Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
16 August 1944
Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars.
Military site : airfield
Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...
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Hit by bomb dropped from above. Crashed near Barleben, Germany.