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42-109789

B-24 Liberator

On 12 April 1944, two crew members of 42-109789 bailed out near Dunkirk as they believed the aircraft was going down, however it returned to its base with its crew. MACR 4379.

The aircraft transferred to the 445th Bomb Group and was shot down on 27 September 1944 on mission to Kassel, Germany.

Service

Units

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 579th Bomb Squadron
  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group

  • James Blanco

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Walter Bogie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Walter Dorn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Egan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Ft. Snelling, MN 2 November 1942. Joined 392nd BG March 1944. Rank at end of WW II was S Sergeant. Charles Bell's crew. ...

  • John Fleege

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 Apr 1944 AM/ PH

  • Leon Gellis

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 Apr 1944 AM/ PH

  • Harold Giesler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/27/44 in B-24 'Mairzy Doats' #42109789 on Kassel Mission

  • Elbert Gilmore

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group

  • Edward Hautman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Edward Hautman served as a pilot with the 445th Bomb Group. ...

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Places

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Returned to Base France 12 April 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2018 11:15:32 Lucy May Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

MACR 4379: https://www.fold3.com/image/28620163
http://www.b24bestweb.com/mairzydotes-v2.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4379 / MACR 9389 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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