Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured. Later was shot down and became a Prisoner of War (POW) on B-24 'Knucklehead'. Only member of crew to bail out. Plane crashlanded in sea near Westgate-Kent
Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Air Medal EAME theater Ribbon w 1 battle star
Units served with
The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...
“Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief. “ (b24.net) The aircraft was badly damaged during a combat mission to Kiel. The pilot...