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42-52688

B-24 Liberator

The crew of "Pandora's Box" was flying this loaner aircraft on July 4th, 1944. The aircraft was badly damaged, and the pilot (LT Pearson) and co-pilot (LT Orlasky) were badly injured by flak over their target (an airfield in France). The navigator and engineer, coached by the injured copilot, put the aircraft down with wheels up. This plane is #688 from the 832nd BS and would not fly in combat again. (See photo by Frank Holt, reprinted from "War Stories of the O & W" at: https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/688.htm)

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...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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

  • George Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Pilot Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith, and his co-pilot Lt. John R. Mason, along with the rest of their 835th Bomb. Squadron crew, flew missions from their base of operations in R.A.F. Sudbury, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, into enemy occupied Europe. ...

  • Robert Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball 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

  • C Weroch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail 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

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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

Missions

  • 373

    27 May 1944

Places

  • 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
17 October 2021 18:12:07 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to markings
Sources

See the photo of B24H #42-52688 at the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group at: https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/688.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 18:09:59 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to markings
Sources

https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/688.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2021 16:08:14 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to place associations
Sources

This information from the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group, and specifically, the crew and mission page of Lt. G. Smith of the 835th Bomb. Sq. at: https://486th.org/BS835/SmithG.htm

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2021 18:49:37 hansvonmaltzahn Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

From the official web page of the 486th Bomb. Group: https://486th.org/#
And the aircraft at: https://486th.org/Photos/AC1/688.htm

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