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Albert L Bessette


July 3, 1944 accident on takeoff in B-24 #42-63781 ÒBlack MagicÓon a training flight. . 8 RTD


Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-63781 'Black Magic'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 479ASG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF.


Event Location Date
Born Pawtucket, Rhode Island


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:08 AAM AAM ingest

801st BG Roster, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. IV by Bishop & Hey, pp.26, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia