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42-110091

B-24 Liberator

The deputy lead ship of the 453rd BG was shot up by the Luftwaffe. Assumption is that the pilots were immediately killed, since the plane began flying aimlessly by itself. It veered into the path of the 492nd. Either Lt Cary of Bold Venture didn't see it coming or he couldn't react to it. The wandering ship collided into his, shearing off his wing. The plane remained aloft for a minute, then broke up into many pieces. Cary's navigator was the only man of the two crews that was able to bail out in time.
9 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7239

Service

Units

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

People

  • John Biggins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Charles Boling

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • James Byrd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 42-110091 on 7/7/44

  • John Cory

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Albert Holmes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Dale Hudiburg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Richard Paulson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Ruben Redinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

  • Chester Swisher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hettstedt in B-24 #42-110091

Missions

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

Places

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 7 July 1944

Mid-air collision with 42-51144 (Cary), a pathfinder from the 389th BG, being used as a deputy lead for the 453rd. It had been hit by GAF and went flying out of control, head on into Cary. The only survivor from the two planes was Cary's navigator. 9 KIA, 1 POW, MACR 7239

Manufactured San Diego

Consolidated - San Diego, California

Assigned North Pickenham

Assigned to 859 BS, 492nd BG

Missions

Total Missions with the 492nd BG: 30
Total WWII Missions: 30

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 20:54:56 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and description
Sources

http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showMission&mis...

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2021 23:56:24 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, description, events and place associations
Sources

http://492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showAircraft&aircra...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7239 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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