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Wilogne, Belgium

Crash site

Detailed history

Location of the Memorial to the Crew of B-24H-1-FO 42-7547, which crashed at this location on 29 January 1944.

1Lt Pinder Harold H. O-800931 Pilot (POW Stalag L3);
2Lt Grono Lawrence W. O-680437 Co-Pilot (POW Stalag L3);
2Lt Boomer Donald S. O-738956 Navigator (POW Stalag L1);
2Lt Stubbs, Alvan E. O-679687 Bombardier (KIA in the crash);
T/Sgt Sofferman Abe 32436994 Radio Operator – Gunner (KIA by SS on 26/02/1944);
T/Sgt Hall Earl W. 33288720 Engineer-Gunner (POW Stalag L4);
S/Sgt Laucamp Robert L. 17071305 Gunner Ball Turret (KIA in the crash);
S/Sgt Robison Jack C. 15330702 Gunner Right Waist (KIA in the crash);
S/Sgt Green Milas L. 34036551 Gunner Left Waist (WIA) (POW Stalag 6 G);
S/Sgt Paxton William A 12155754 Tail Gunner (KIA in the crash).

Connections

People

  • Donald Boomer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Milas Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Grono

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 18 November 1943 1 wheel crash landing at Shipdham. Assigned mission was the airfield at Kjeller, Norway. POW

  • Earl Hall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Laucamp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H 42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Paxton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H 42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Pinder

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Prisoner of War (POW). This was his 10th mission POW/DFR w/bronze star/Air Medal

  • Jack Robison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Abe Sofferman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Parachuted from B-24 Liberator. Shot down on 29 January 1944 mission to Frankfurt, Ger, over Ardennes region Belgium in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. With partisan army 1 month. Shot by German SS in vicinity of ?? Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier...

  • Donald Stubbs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by FW190 on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7547 'Sky Queen'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Aircraft

  • 42-7547 Sky Queen

    B-24 Liberator
    On 29 January 1944, shot down with Harold Pinder and crew by an FW 190 on a mission to Frankfurt. Eyewitnesses report that enemy fire damaged the right wing causing the aircraft to set alight and lose altitude.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 11:33:37 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.hangarflying.eu/erfgoedsites/monument-voor-bemanning-b-24/

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