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42-100085

B-24 Liberator

Shot down on 20 February 1944. The aircraft was last seen losing altitude and had a large hole in its left wing, when it exploded shortly after. 3 members of the crew were Killed in Action and 7 taken Prisoner of War.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Blakeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jay Braddy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew bailed out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Virgil Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Ichter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    William Heatherby Ichter, who was known as “Billy” to everyone who knew him, ...

  • James Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved...

  • Arthur Kennedy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War.

  • Forrest Minch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20-Feb-44 in B-24 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2434 ...

  • William Mitten

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Keith Nelson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War.

  • Warren Wright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 20 Feb 1944 in B-24J 42-100085. Seven crew baled out before a/c exploded and crashed SW of Brunswick. Prisoner of War.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 14:49:07 Emily Changes to production block number, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2434 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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