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B-24 Liberator

Assigned 834th BS, Transferred to 833rd BS (4N F). After storage at BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland, it was transferred to MTO 14 Feb 45 and assigned to 465th BG / 781st BS (T). Sadly, its service in 15th AF was very short indeed because it was lost 2-Mar-45, hit by flak, dropped out of formation with 1 x engine smoking - MACR 12749.

Crew: P 1Lt Robert E French, Co 2Lt Kenneth L Parkhurst, Nav F/O David L Bowman, Eng Sgt William B Briggs, RO Pvt Frederick P Wagner, Ball Sgt Francis M Donohue, Nose Sgt Denny W Horton, TT Sgt Harold F Quagan, Tail Sgt Lehman V Wood. 9 x RTD.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 465th Bomb Group

    465th Bomb Group

    It was constituted as the 465th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943 ...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron
  • 834th Bomb Squadron
  • 781st Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 3


  • Phillip Brinkman

    Military | Corporal | Draftsman | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF as 'Draftsman' as the aircorp had no definition for an artist !! Notable nose art artist. Bio: -

  • William Cusack

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William Joseph Cusack June 27, 1918 - Sept. 25, 2011 Resident of Concord, California William Joseph Cusack passed away at age 93 after a long and rewarding life. "Bill," to those who new him, was born in New York. He enlisted and served in the Army Air...


  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

  • Pantanella

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1944
Assigned Sudbury CO10, UK 1944

Assigned to 834BS, 833BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 833BS.

Storage Langford Lodge, United Kingdom 1945

Stored BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland

Assigned 06073 Pantanella, Province of Perugia, Italy 14 February 1945

Assigned to 781BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Amstetten, Austria 2 March 1945

Departed Pantanella Air Base Italy, with 781st BS, 465th BG, 15th AF, mission target Linz, lost Amstettan, Austria, MACR 12749


Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 16:43:20 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2018 16:33:03 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 11:48:58 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and person associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 16:16:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and media associations