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44-40050

B-24 Liberator

Target: Aircraft factory
Lost: 7 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 7228

Service

Units

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 859th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Darrell Andrews

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln in B-24 'Super Wolf' #4440050

  • Benjamin Babitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Donald Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln in B-24 'Super Wolf' #4440050

  • Albert Bullinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln on 7/7/44 in B-24 'Super Wolf' #4440050

  • Lyle Day

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egln on 7/7/44 in B-24 'Super Wolf' #4440050 POW

  • Thomas Floyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 467th Bomb Group

  • Duane Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Andrew Maiorino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Clifford Matzen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Egeln in B-24 'SuperWolf' #4440050

  • Leroy Ochs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Crashed near Egeln in B-24 'Super Wolf' #44-40050, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Final Mission Bernburg, Germany 7 July 1944

Mission: Bernburg, Germany.
The 8th Air Force planned a major strike on Germany for all three of its divisions. The 2nd Air Division drew targets around the Bernburg area.

Crashed Bernburg, Germany 7 July 1944

Smiley Crew #910 was flying in their own plane SUPER WOLF. They were without their navigator, who was flying with the Harding Crew. They took a shot that started a fire in the bomb bay. Only two of the men were able to get out before the plane exploded.

Manufactured San Diego, California

Consolidated AC, San Diego, California

Delivered

Original aircraft for the 492nd BG, 859th BS.Total Missions with the 492nd BG:20

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 22:45:47 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and place associations
Sources

http://492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showAircraft&aircra...
492ndBombGroup.com — an Arnett Institute project

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7228 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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