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Earl J Johnson

Military

Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred,' #427485, 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.

Service

Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7485 Alfred

    B-24 Liberator
    “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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2015 14:03:38 usxpat Changes to nickname, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.usaafdata.com
http://www.b24.net/missions/MM010444.htm
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Norfolk/UpperSheringham.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / book: Not Forgotten, 8th AF Losses, MACR 16033

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