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36 aircraft took off at 0730. 33 ships dropped 324 x 500lb GPs, 5 x 500lb XG20 and 5 x 500lb G25 leaflets. One plane dropped 10 x 500lb GP bombs at 53”50’N-12”32’E. Lt. Col Smith led the group in the PFF ship. The results of the bombing were very good. Heavy inaccurate flak was encountered to the target. 25 aircraft in a dog fight were seen at 53”40’N-12”00’E.

Details of Aircraft Loss
B-24H-15-CF 41-29420 “BELLE OF THE EAST” 791st Sqdn
This ship crashlanded at Belton, England; three men were slightly hurt. Aircraft salvaged



  • Marvin Berman

    Military | 467th Bomb Group

  • Verner Gray

    Military | Waist Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Belton on 25 August 1944, in B-24 41-29420 nicknamed "Belle of the East"

  • David Grinnell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    completed 35 missions

  • Craig Harrington

    Military | 467th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Ireland

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    ETO-Co-Pilot 'Belle of the East. ' Retired 23 yrs. Army Aviation. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 41-29420 "Belle of the East"

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed at Belton, Suffolk on returning 25 Aug 44; the crew had bailed out due to engine failure because of lack of fuel


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 17:02:32 usxpat Changes to media associations

Atkins private collection

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2015 17:20:46 usxpat Changes to media associations

Photo taken 19 September 2012, Gary Atkins

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 05:40:07 Tedder13 Changes to history and person associations

Richard Lindsay

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 15:02:10 Tedder13 Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

467th Bg

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 14:57:33 Tedder13 Created entry with name, latitude and longitude

crash site august 25th 1944