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B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 743BS, 455BG, 15AF USAAF. Departed the US for Italy on 22-Dec-43. Failed to Return (FTR) mission. Left formation en route to target on reciprocal heading after crew reported serious fuel leak. Crashed Piatra, Rumania 11-Jun-44. 9 POW 1 KIA. MACR 5771.

Crew: 2nd Lt Earl W Brawninger [P], 2nd Lt Robert M Murphy Jr [Co], 2nd Lt Jordan W Grant III [Nav], 2nd Lt Jimmy P Robinson [B], S/Sgt John W Shepherd [R], S/Sgt Frank W Luscinskas [Eng], Sgt Joseph P McMillan Jr [Eng], Sgt Wallace E Bailey [Arm], Sgt Robert F Kleeman [Arm], Sgt Earnest P Lewis [Arm].



  • 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. ...

  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...



Event Location Date
Manufactured Fort Worth, TX, USA 1944

Built at Consolidated.

Crashed Piatra 147245, Romania 11 June 1944

Lost due to a crash on 11-Jun-44.


Date Contributor Update
07 November 2016 01:39:50 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 11:54:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and media associations