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42-109796

B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Adcock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag IV and V. GC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO/ PUC/ POW

  • Jack Beasley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Killed in Action (KIA). Died of injuries received in attack after being captured. POW

  • John Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Mack Click

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lyle Dekkalb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group

  • Jacob Foster

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Murphy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Neal Serkland

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Chester Skalski

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Erwin Ungar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed N of Furstenau, GR on a mission to Genshagen, GR on 6 Mar 1944 in B-24J #42-109796 'Balls of Fire'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

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

MACR 2962 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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