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42-110143

B-24 Liberator

LITTLE LULU was used primarily as a command ship.
The 856th BS lost all of their planes while en route to their target. How many of them made an attempt to reach Sweden is unknown. Although Sweden was a mere 20 minutes from the air battle, only two of the shot-up Liberators made it there. Some of the crewmen bailed out into the Baltic Sea, others went down in their planes, many bodies were never recovered.
10 KIA, MACR 7083

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. ...

  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Lynn Augustine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Maurice Chartier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Lester Dichter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42-110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Julian Dukes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Eugene Hadden

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Joe Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu 42-110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Iren Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed into the Baltic Sea on 6/20/44 in B-24 Little Lulu #42110143 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Luke Rybarczyk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

  • Leonard Telfer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

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.

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Baltic Sea 20 June 1944

Lost with Hadden Crew #608 over the Baltic Sea. Final mission: Politz, Poland. Target: Oil refineries
10 KIA, MACR 7083

Manufactured San Diego, California

Consolidated AC, San Diego, California

Delivered North Pickenham, England

Original aircraft for the 856th BS, 492nd BG. Total missions with the 492nd BG: 10

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 21:30:41 acbernstein1 Changes to description and events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 01:08:23 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 01:05:39 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
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 7083 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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