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41-29505

B-24 Liberator

41-29505 Assigned to 486th bomb group 835th bomb squadron (21 combat missions) then transferred to 492nd bomb group 857th bomb squadron, 8thAAF, England. A/C lost with Charles Edwards crew, 6-Feb-45 Lyon, France, attempting an emergency landing on three engines. 1 x RTD, 8 x KIA

Crew:

Lt. Charles H Edwards (P) (KIA), Lt. Merrill A Burt (CP) (RTD), Lt. Gerald L Roy (N) (KIA), Lt. Edwin London (B) (KIA), Sgt. James D Matthews (E) (KIA), Sgt. James O Mellotte (RO) (KIA), Sgt. John T Stuckey (BTG) (KIA), Sgt. Mose C Boren Martin (TTG) (KIA), Sgt. Russell G Wolfersberger (TTG) (KIA).

Service

Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron
  • 835th Bomb Squadron
  • 857th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Mose Boren

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Merrill Burt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Co-Pilot B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clarence Clandellyn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Charles Edwards

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Edwin London

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • Marvin Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Top T. & Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster" ...

  • Jason Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

  • James Matthews

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers
    Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed aboard B-24 41-29505 at Lyons, France in attempted landing after engine failure Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

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Missions

  • 351

    11 May 1944

Places

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

  • 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...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2022 08:33:30 Emily Changes to production block number and nicknames
Sources

Corrected production block number as per information from individual aircraft record card (UPL 57309), Joe Baugher's aircraft serial numbre search and Harrington Museum's list of carpetbagger aircraft which confirm the aircraft was a Consolidated built B-24H model.

NB B-24 Best web wrongly identifies the aircraft as a Ford built B-24J model

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2022 17:07:37 John Van Asperen Changes to unit associations
Sources

USAAF records

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2022 08:21:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/576.htm

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2022 12:49:59 John Van Asperen Changes to description
Sources

Update with information from the 486th bomb group, 835th bomb squadron website

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2022 11:54:29 John Van Asperen Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

USAAF Individual Aircraft Record Card

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 08:51:16 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/576.htm

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2022 22:10:00 John Van Asperen Changes to description
Sources

RG Wolfersberger was the tail turret gunner and was also killed in the crash.

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2022 16:51:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/576.htm

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2022 16:52:31 John Van Asperen Changes to description
Sources

USAAF records

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 15:50:21 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to mission associations
Sources

See the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group at: https://486th.org/# , and specifically G.Smith's bomber crew and mission log page: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm , and the complete missions of the 486th Bomb. Group and its four squadrons at: https://486th.org/Mssn/Prologue.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 19:19:34 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

From the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group, and specifically, Lt. G. Smith's crew and mission page at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2018 03:54:32 gfeindel Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames and markings
Sources

486th bomb group web site

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