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Crash of B-24 "Belle Ringer" # 42-51195 near Florée, Belgium - 14 March 1945. Three members of the Robert Heichel crew who were not wounded in the crash. Top : Sgt Lacy C. Gilliam; bottom left : S/Sgt Rheudolph W. Cain; bottom right : Sgt Glen C. LeBleu. (Photo courtesy of the Heichel family - http://www.inexpensiveflighttraining.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=8801344 )

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Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 852nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Thomas Alexander’s older brother, Marston Alexander Jr, born in 1917, died in October 1929. Thomas enlisted in the Air Corps and was trained as a pilot. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 491st Bomb Group / 854th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on...

  • Rheudolph Cain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Rheudolph Cain was the youngest of Anna S. Cain's three sons (the others : Walter and Hubert). He enlisted at the end of 1943 in the Air Corps after two years at Parkersburgh High School in West Virginia. Trained as a gunner, he was sent overseas and...

  • Lacy Gilliam

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Enlisting in the Air Corps in August 1943, Lacy Gilliam trained as a gunner and was sent overseas and assigned to the 491st Bomb Group / 854th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on board B-24 "Belle Ringer" # 42-51195 when it crash-landed in Belgium on...

  • Robert Heichel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Robert Heichel attended the Windber High School during four years (his description in the Class of 1942 Yearbook : “He hath a stern look, but a merry heart.”) Before his enlistment in the Air Corps in 1942, he helped to build B-24 Liberators at the...

Aircraft

  • 42-51195 Belle Ringer

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 # 42-51195 "Belle Ringer" is listed as having been first in the 493rd Bomb Group at Debach. Transferred to the 491st Bomb Group / 852nd Bomb Squadron, it was hit by Flak on the way to the target, the Gütersloh marshalling yards in Germany on 14...

Missions

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2016 11:41:17 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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Identified the men in the picture (info from family members)

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2016 11:40:52 ED-BB Changes to caption and person associations
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Identified the men in the picture (info from family members)

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2016 14:09:32 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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