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George N Spaven Jr

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Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

41-29273 'Flak Magnet' was hit by flak at approximately 1938 hours SW of Hamm. The #2 engine caught fire and A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen, though bale out had not been called. A/C then was brought under control and regained altitude and rejoined formation. After an undetermined period of time, A/C was observed to leave formation and head west, still under control. Tailed and shot down by FW190 'Red 23' of Major Heinz Bär of II/JG1. Pilot Lt George Spaven Jr KIA in final attack by Heinz Bar, remaining crew baled out. A/C crashed Hoetmar.

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    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
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  • Robert Zedeker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed while attempting to land at Warton upon returning from a combat mission in B-24H #41-28729 on 8 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak Magnet. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Front Royal, Virginia, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 22 April 1944

MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by flak at approximately 1938 hours SW of Hamm. The #2 engine caught fire and A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen. A/C then was brought under control and Lt George N Spaven Jr regained altitude and rejoined formation. After an undetermined period of time, A/C was observed to leave formation and head west, still under control. Tailed and shot down by FW190 'Red 23' of Major Heinz Bär of II/JG1. Spaven KIA in final attack by Heinz Bar, remaining crew baled out. A/C crashed Hoetmar.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 11:42:04 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards and place associations
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4180, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 282 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010,

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Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 14:56:55 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 14:51:15 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography and events
Sources

http://www.458bg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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