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B-24 Liberator

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.



  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 846th Bomb Squadron


  • Clarence Baumgarten

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 489th Bomb Group

  • Francis Bowry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 489th Bomb Group

  • Jerry Debes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group

  • Robert Dede

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group

  • Jack Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Henning

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Killed in action

  • Rex Knapp

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group

  • Walter Springer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 489th Bomb Group

  • Heinz Steffan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group


  • 8th Air Force 556

    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. ...


  • Halesworth

    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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Barleben, Germany 16 August 1944

Hit by bomb dropped from above. Crashed near Barleben, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 19:06:06 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events

Lee Cunningham 9-Dec-2014. All data added per MACR 8586; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 00:48:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings

Lee Cunningham 8-Dec-2014. Edited Radio Call Sign.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2014 00:31:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 8-Dec-2014. Details per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A . Hey MBE

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 8586 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database