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B-24 Liberator

On 18 Aug 44, damaged and low on fuel, it crashlanded in a field at Kirby Bedon, England. Flown by the Leister Crew, 4 KIA, 1 WIA, 4 RTD.

Service

Units

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

People

  • Frank Beatty

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot / Fighter pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 859BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF 5 x missions plus an abort. Transferred to 788BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF 35 combat missions plus a couple of fuel hauls for Patton. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). ...

  • Thomas Floyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 467th Bomb Group

  • Duane Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • George Lifschitz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG ...

  • Andrew Maiorino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Darlton Pontius

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    On approaching to land, all four engines of the B24 Liberator, Broad+High, locked. The aircraft crashed in a field in Kirby Bedon, killing 4 crew members. T/Sgt Darlton Pontius was one of those killed when the ship hit an embankment, causing the top...

  • Donald Prytulak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Don and his crew were among the first crews to arrive at Alamogordo. Many of the new crews had been disbanded to form other new crews or were taken over by a senior pilot. Apparently, the command staff liked what they saw in Don as his crew remained...

  • George Robb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • William Sherrill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    On approaching to land, all four engines of the B24 Liberator, Broad+High, locked. The aircraft crashed in a field in Kirby Bedon, killing 4 crew members. Lt William Sherrill was one of those killed when the ship hit an embankment, causing the top...

  • Philip Snyder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    On approaching to land, all four engines of the B24 Liberator, Broad+High, locked. The aircraft crashed in a field in Kirby Bedon, killing 4 crew members. S/Sgt Philip Snyder was one of those killed when the ship hit an embankment, causing the top...

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Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Kirby Bedon, Norwich, Norfolk NR14, UK 18 August 1944 – 18 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 15:50:42 usxpat Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

492ndbombgroup.com
macr 15254

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15254 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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