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"Bail Out!" by Wilbur Stites of the 453rd Bomb Group. This account tells the story of his bailing out and subsequent rescue by two American sergeants in a jeep.

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Units

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Hilliard Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Bruce Florea

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Eldon Gouldy

    Military | Ground Echelon
    Crew Number 87

  • Robert Hon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Regular tail gunner for Lofton crew flying on B-24 'Lucky Penny II'. Missed mission on 17-Oct-44 due to influenza. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Lofton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    On 17 Oct 1944 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. Killed in Action (KIA) on 1 April 1945. B-24 A/C #44-10577 'Lucky...

  • Leonard Lonigan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17 Oct 1944 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. RTD ...

  • Johnnie Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Winford Pace

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Edward Paulson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Edward Rosenberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Voice intercepts
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

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Locations

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2016 21:15:21 WD-C Mustang Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.453rd.com/stories.html

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