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42-51112

B-24 Liberator

B-24 42-51112 was hit by a German Me262 jet soon after bombs away over Brunswick, Germany on 31-Mar-45. With one engine out, the Liberator had to leave formation over New Brunswick and lost altitude. With his Navigator badly wounded, the pilot asked if the crew wanted to bail out, but nobody did and all were in the ship when it crash-landed in a field between Tündern and Hamelin, 45km SW of Hannover, Germany. Navigator Murray D. Robinson and Top Turret Gunner Saul Katz were killed in the crash. 8 other crew members were made Prisoners of War (POWs) : Pilot Richard C. Bussell; Co-Pilot John C. Hubbard; Radio Operator Thomas D. Sherman; Nose Turret Gunner Dean P. Kern; Right Waist Gunner Ernest A. Flores; Left Waist Gunner Richard G. Burger; Tail Gunner Stephen L. Silvestro and Observer Robert M. Self. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 13735.

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. ...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Berger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Richard Berger was Left Waist Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the...

  • Richard Bussell / Busse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Richard C. Bussell was Pilot of B-24D 42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, his Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Bussell tried to crash-land the ship. The...

  • Ernest Flores

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Ernest Flores was Right Waist Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the...

  • John Hubbard

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    John Hubbard was Co-Pilot on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the ship, with...

  • Saul Katz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Saul Katz was Top Turret Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the ship,...

  • Dean Kern

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Dean Kern was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the ship,...

  • Murray Robinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Murray Robinson was Navigator on B-24 42-51112 on the 31-Mar-45 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, Robinson was badly wounded, the Liberator had one engine out and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the ship, with all the...

  • Robert Self

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Self was Observer on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the ship, with...

  • Thomas Sherman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Thomas Sherman was Radio Operator on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Prisoner of War (PW). He re-enlisted 7 September 1951 and served in Korea. Ended his military career in the Air Force on 30 June 1970.

  • Stephen Silvestro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Stephen Silvestro was Tail Gunner on B-24D #42-51112 on the 31 March 1945 mission to Brunswick, Germany. Hit by a German Me262 jet fighter, the Liberator had one engine out, its Navigator was badly wounded and Pilot Bussell tried to crash-land the...

Missions

Places

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return (FTR) 31 March 1945

Hit by German Me262 jet, crash-landed near Tündern, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 08:20:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description and unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/112-v2-1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/112-v2-2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/112-v2-3.htm

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 14:33:22 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Corrected Pilot's name : Bussell instead of Russell...

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 15:32:01 ED-BB Changes to description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 13735.

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

MACR 13735 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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