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42-110152

B-24 Liberator

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.

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

  • Donald Decker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighter at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Terry Diggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 near Stralsund Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • George Faucher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42-110152, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John McSpirit

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 42-110152. Prisoner of War.

  • William Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 Killed in Action (KIA) KIA

  • Roy Patterson

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters on 6/20/44 at Stralsund in B-24 #42-110152 Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Oscar Puckett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down at Stralsund by fighters on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Miguel Reyes

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 Killed in Action (KIA) Memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at the American War Cemetery Margraten in the Netherlands.

  • Orville Stichweh

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down by fighters at Stralsund on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42110152 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Edgar Tabb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Shot down at Stralsund by fighters on 6/20/44 in B-24 #42-110152, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • Politz

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Final Mission Politz, Poland 20 June 1944

Mission: Politz, Germany. Target: Oil refineries
On the morning mission they dispatched 35 planes for the attack on the oil reineries at Politz. The Group was led by Major Losee, the 856th Squadron Commander.

Crashed Baltic Sea 20 June 1944

42-110152 was lost with Faucher Crew before reaching the target area. 3 KIA, 7 POW, MACR 7084

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:8. Total WWII Missions:8

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 22:10:27 acbernstein1 Changes to events
Sources

http://492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showAircraft&aircra...
492ndBombGroup.com — an Arnett Institute project

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 22:03:09 acbernstein1 Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 15:39:45 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 7084 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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