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B-24 Liberator

Crash-landed 29 June 1944 at Horsham St Faith on return from Aschersleben mission after being hit by Anti-aircraft fire and set ablaze. The order to bail out was given, but before the fire was extinguished, two airmen bailed out due to failure of intercom. One was taken Prisoner of War while the other was killed.

The aircraft was returned to the United States in 1945.



  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

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  • 754th Bomb Squadron


  • William Duke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke'. Shot down over Bieber, Germany and crashed at Hainhausen on 22 February 1945. He and his co-pilot Lt. A. B. Monroe and waist gunner Sergeant Charles Frazer were murdered by German civilian police. (Story of 'Iron...

  • Richard Eselgroth

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #44-10491 'Iron Duke', Prisoner of War (POW). After the war, Richard Eselgroth shared copies of some of his color slides with historian Roger Freeman. These images are now part of IWM's Roger Freeman Collection.

  • Charles Evans

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at (as listed in

  • Francis Eyre

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Frank Eyre was from Chicago and was my father. He was in the 453rd BG, 733 Sqdn. His Operations Officer was MAJ Jimmy Stewart. His flight engineer was Edmund Trzcinski- he was the author of "Stalag 17" which became a movie. Dad was the bombardier of...

  • Milton Feldman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) from mission to Junkers Air Frame factory. MACR 7085. A/C #42-51110.

  • James Fitzpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in return from mission to Junkers Airframe factory. MACR 7085. AC# 4251110

  • Charles Frazer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Beiber, Germany and crashed at Hainhausen on 22 February 1945 B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke'. Pilot William A. Duke and Co-Pilot Lt. A. B. Monroe were murdered by German civilian police. (Story of 'Iron Duke' and its crew, written by George...

  • Robert Frazier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Baldamore Garcia

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #44-10491 'Iron Duke', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Gorrell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Hellesdon, Norwich after takeoff for 1st operational mission on 2 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28669. Returned to Duty (RTD). 26 missions. Crash landed on return from mission to Junkers Airframe factory. B-24H 42-51110. 29-Jun-44. MACR 7085....

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  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Crashed Horsham St Faith 29 June 1944


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