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42-50680

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin with Frank Jensen crew 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. 11 x RTD MACR 12770

Service

Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 852nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jack Congleton

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • John Di Giorgio

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852FS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Fields

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852FS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Gamrat

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852FS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Heffernen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852FS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Jensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James McQuillan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Frank Jensen crew. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Sands

    Military | Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Shahbaz

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. ? x combat missions. Berlin mission in B-24 42-50680 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 ...

  • Charles White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer / gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat missions. Berlin mission 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. RTD MACR 12770 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run airfield, Ypsilanti, MI 1943

Built at Ford.

Assigned Metfield, UK 1944

Assigned to 852BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Rakoniewice, Poland 26 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin with Frank Jensen crew 26-Feb-45; feathered No3 engine over target, fell behind formation, A/C abandoned Rakoniewice, Poland. 11 x RTD MACR 12770

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2021 18:16:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28830521

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12770 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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