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John Harold Allen

Military

B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham.

Crashed into the cemetery in Mirns, Friesland, the Netherlands on 22 DEC 1943, killing 7 of the 10 crew.

Story written about the crash in MAR 2015 by Mr. Jaap Halma
http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

11 NOV 2015 Commemoration ceremony photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/b-24_liberator_42-7554/albums

11 NOV 2015 YouTube video of event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVpI3Tf-GWc

Service

People

  • Erwin / Edwin Bevins Jr

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Anthony Destro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • John Elder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 ~ Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Samuel Ellicott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    - Consolidated B-24H-1-CF Liberator #41-29117 "Lady Marie" of the 445th BG - 702nd BS - Lost 24 FEB 1944 - MACR #2555 - Crashed near Unterweit on a mission to Gotha, GR. - 1LT Samuel Massey Ellicott sent to Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12

  • Joseph Gill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Harry Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Asst Engineer & Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Everett Odom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • James Owens

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | B-24 Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Joseph Pavelko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

  • Oscar Robbins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    B-24 - #42-7554 - 8th AF, 445th BG, 702nd BS - stationed in NOV 1943 at RAF Tibenham. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 2nd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 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...

  • 702nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, TX, USA 4 June 1920
Died 8573 Mirns, Netherlands 22 December 1943

US Army Air Corps Pilot John Harold Allen, 1LT died in the plane crash of B-24, #42-7554, nick named; "Tail End Charlie" on 22 DEC 1943. Here is the eye witness report of crash:

http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

Revisions

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15 February 2016 18:34:03 usafdo Changes to biography
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Family & research posted by nephew of the late 2nd LT Anthony L. Destro, Bombardier who was onboard and flying under pilot 1LT John H. Allen,
Upon returning from this MSN, the B-24 was hit by a German fighter. Both 2LT Destro & 1LT Allen were killed in the plane crash on 22 DEC 1943. This is the story from eye witnesses interviewed in this story of the crash:

http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 00:13:14 usafdo Changes to biography and events
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Posted by the nephew of the late fellow aircrew member 2nd LT Anthony L. Destro who was the bombardier on that flight. Source is from a published interview as seen by eye witness of the plane crash. Story written by Mr. Jaap Halma in March 2014.

http://www.heritageleague.org/brian/54.pdf

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23 December 2014 00:05:18 usafdo Changes to middlename and aircraft associations
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Posted by Anthony L. Destro, II (my uncle, Anthony L. Destro & J.H. Allen were killed in this ACFT while returning from a bombing assignment.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:05 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / History of the 445th Bomb Group by Rudolph Birsic

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