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44-40290

B-24 Liberator

Plane was forced to land in Switzerland on the way back from a bombing mission over Germany. Flak damaged two of the four engines.
The crew was interned as POWs.

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

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • James Gilligan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4440290

  • Edward Halliburton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Initial mission 18 January 1944; last mission 21 July 1944; crash landed in Dubenborf, Switzerland; spent time in Dubendorf, Adelboden & Wengen; finance officer in Wengen; completed 3 missions before shot down; landed with 1 1/2 engines working; ...

  • William Hancock

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #44-40290, Interned (INT).

  • Charles Petric

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4440290

  • Robert Saroney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4440290

  • Leonard Savitaki

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4440290

  • William Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #44-40290, Interned (INT).

  • Ralph Williams

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Damaged by Flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/21/44 in B-24 #4440290 INT

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Switzerland 21 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2020 20:55:03 KD4ITI Changes to description
Sources

Dave Wentzel
8th AF Historical Society (Charlotte Chapter)

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

MACR 7260 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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