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Wendling

Military site : airfield

RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and their B-24 Liberators. Wendling was handed back to the RAF in 1945, where it was used as a maintenance airfield, before eventually being sold off in 1964.

Read more about the history of Wendling here: http://www.b24.net/wendlingHistory.htm

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Service

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People

  • Emanuel Abrams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Nashville, TN 4 April 1943. Joined the 392nd BG early July 1944. Pilot was Charles A. Neundorf. Rank at end of WWII was 1st. Lt. ...

  • Allen Alexander

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Phoenix, AZ 7 January 1942. Joined 392nd BG 21 May 1944. Was a/c commander of lead crew. Completed 30 missions. Discharged August 1945, rank of Captain. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Richard Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    RTD Ditched in channel on 9/11/44 in B-24 #4252615 'For extraordinary achievement and heroism while serving as nvigator of a B24 on a bombing mission to Germany, 28 Jan 1945, his right arm, collar bone and shoulder blade were broken as his aircraft...

  • Thomas Alexander

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered Service at Philadelphia, PA, April 1943. Joined 392nd BG 3 September 1942. Discharged 29 September 1956, rank of Corporal. B-24 mechanic for Crew Chiefs McAleer, Derey, Farrow & Coltran.

  • James Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Fort Bragg, NC 23 September 1942. Joined 392nd BG 15 November 1943. Rank at end of WW II was T/Sergeant. Pilot-Marvin E. Schollberg. Discharged 12 October 1945. Shot down by fighters and believed to have crashed near Vettleschloss on...

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Freiburg/Breisgau, GR on 18 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-100117. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-24 #4252654 'Night-Life-Nellie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Milton Anstey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered Service at Newark, NJ, Feb. 15, 1943. Joined 392nd Nov. 11, 1944. Rank at end of WWII was 1st Lt. , B. R. Shaw crew

  • Ray Argast

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered Service at Fort Snelling, MN 16 July 1941. Joined 392nd BG November 1943. Rank at end of WWII was 2nd Lt. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Bad Hersfeld, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7496 'The Jinx'. Prisoner of...

  • George Bacon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Nose Gunner; Bombardier; Togglier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered Service at MacDill, Tampa, FL, November 1950. Joined 392nd BG October 1943. Rank at end of WWII was S/Sergeant. Rank at retirement from service was T/Sergeant. Last mission 8 March 1943, Berlin, Germany. Pilots were Lt. Gordon F. Voght and Lt....

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Aircraft

  • 41-28651

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 576BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Friedrichshafen 18-Mar-44 flying as spare in the formation, moved up to replace B-24 falling back out of formation and collided with same A/C, B-24 41-29174. Both A/C tumbled out of control...

  • 41-28688

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, engine #2, #1 and #4 failed in that order meaning A/C could not maintain formation or altitude. Crew baled out around...

  • 41-28692 Hell's Wagon

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 576BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x Missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrichshafen, attacked by Bf109's and Fw190's after breaking formation 18-Mar-44, landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland. 10 x Interned. MACR 3318.

  • 41-28742 'Old Glory'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 579BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) on 1st mission to Friedrichshafen 18-Mar-44. Shot down by fighters and crashed W of Rottweil, Germany. 1 x POW, 9 x KIA. MACR 3319.

  • 41-28759

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 577BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) on mission to Berlin. 3 x Fw190's attacked and damaged 2 engines, one Fw190 was shot down, forcing a 2nd to break off, whilst the third struck from below inflicting severe damage...

  • 41-29131 Helfer College, Spirit of '46, Flying Patch

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 446 Bomb Group. Transferred to 389th Bomb Group, 565th Bomb Squadron in November 1943 - named "Helfer College." Transferred to 392nd Bomb Group, 576th Bomb Squadron 12 February 1944 - named "Spirit of '46" and later "Flying...

  • 41-29474

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100117 Delayed Actions

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-109789 Mairzy Doats

    B-24 Liberator
    On 12 April 1944, two crew members of 42-109789 bailed out near Dunkirk as they believed the aircraft was going down, however it returned to its base with its crew. MACR 4379. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 15:22:37 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

http://www.b24.net/wendlingHistory.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).

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