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42-73428

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. 10 x KIA MACR 1592

Crew - (P) Robert W Brown, (CP) Florian E Laramore, (N) Jack Larsen, (B) Henry C Alexander, (RO) Cyril F Heath, (E), Samuel Schankerman, (G) Ken W Runyan,(G) Alvin Dschaak,(BG) Eugene Studer, (TG) Robert H Renner.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Alvin Dschaak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Cyril Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Florian Laramore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Kiled in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jack Larsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

  • Loyson Rankin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Renner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Turret Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 1592 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Runyan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Samuel Schankerman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 1592 Awards: PH.

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Events

Event Location Date
Assigned San Pancrazio, Italy 1943

Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Sofia, Bulgaria 20 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. 10 x KIA MACR 1592

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 18:21:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/bignig1.htm
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28697579
https://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/42-73428_no_92_big_nig.html

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