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42-110151

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft was shot up over Germany by GAF. Immediately 2 gunners were KIA and another WIA. The crew helped the wounded man bail out. As the fire aboard spread out of control, the order to abandon ship was given. Only 3 more made it out before the aircraft exploded into a fireball.
5 KIA, 4 POW, MACR 5241
P 2Lt Alvin M Murray KIA
CP 2Lt Kermit W Anderson KIA
N 2Lt Kenneth R Schwartz POW
B 2Lt Glen R Rosenberry POW
E/TTG S/Sgt Lowell S Stillfew KIA
RO S/Sgt Wesley F McMullen KIA
LWG Sgt Clyde H Breckenridge KIA
RWG S/Sgt Waukeen C Gatlin POW
BTG S/Sgt Elias M Hernandez KIA
TG Sgt Richard E Statham WIA, POW

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 857th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kermit Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Clyde Breckenridge

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Waukeen Gatlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elias Hernandez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Wesley McMullen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Alvin Murray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Glen Rosenberry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Schwartz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Statham

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lowell Stillfew

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-24 #42-110151. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 14 May 1944

Shot down by a fighter on 19 May 1944 on mission to Brunswick, Ger. A/C crashed near Vardeilsen, Ger. MACR 5241
Pilot:2Lt Alvin M Murray KIA

Final Mission 19 May 1944

Mission: Brunswick, Germany
Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant

Manufactured San Diego, California

Consolidated, San Diego, California

Delivered North Pickenham, England

Original aircraft for the 857th BS, 492nd BG.
Total Missions with the 492nd BG: 2
Total WWII Missions: 2

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 21:47:02 acbernstein1 Changes to events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 01:45:11 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 05:29:52 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a desription of the A/C mission based on info in the MACR (5241) at Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 19:59:23 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

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

MACR 5241 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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