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44-40112

B-24 Liberator

Flak Happy crashed in Sweden on 20 June 1944 on a mission to Politz, after being hit by enemy fire.

Pilot Nicholas Kehoe ordered his crew to bail out of the aircraft, and safely conducted a forced landing near Trelleborg, Sweden. Kehoe was picked up by a local farmer.

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. ...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Charles Bassing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak on 20 Jun 44 in B-24 44-40112 by fighters and crashed into Baltic. Body found Aug 2, 1944 in the Bay of Tromper northwest of Sassnitz. Purple Heart, Air Medal

  • Herman Beasley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112Killed in Action (KIA)

  • James Carroll

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into Baltic on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • George Cavanaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #44-40112 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Elbert Ester

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Milton Grossman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Armond Hankin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #444012 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Nicholas Kehoe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #4440112 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Lanta Redmond

    Civilian | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters into Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 #44-40112, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Pölitz, Germany 20 June 1944
Crashed Sweden 20 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2018 11:32:33 Emily Changes to nicknames, description and mission associations
Sources

Information provided by Sven Jeppsson

Forced Landing Collection (Swedish Website)

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

MACR 7074 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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