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42-51506

B-24 Liberator

Over target area (Halle, Germany), pilot Stanley Vitkavage feathered one engine (mechanical malfunction?). A/C gradually fell back and was last seen over the Koblenz area. Near Freiburg/Breisgau the plane was hit and the crew bailed out. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km Northwest of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. 2 men killed, 7 Prisoners of War. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12778.

Service

Units

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Warren Anderson was Nose Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Allan Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Allan Burns was Radio Operator/Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Felix Kolasinski

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Felix Kolasinski was Left Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. He baled out in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. According to US trial Review and Recommendations...

  • Lambert Koupal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier | 445th Bomb Group
    Lambert Koupal was Navigator/Bombardier on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Smietana

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Eugene Smietana was Right Waist Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ralph Squires

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Ralph Squires was Tail Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). He was one of six brothers who all...

  • James Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    James Sullivan was Co-Pilot on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Louie Tillery

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Louie Tillery was Top Turret Gunner on board of B-24 42-51506 on the 27 February 1945 mission to the Halle Marshalling Yards, Germany. Crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Stanley Vitkavage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    My father, Stanley William Vitkavage, was assigned to the 701st Bombing Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group flying out of Tibenham, England. He was flying a B-24J Liberator (tail number 42-51506) when the aircraft was lost on 27 Feb 1945. There is a MACR ...

Missions

  • 851

    27 February 1945

Places

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 February 1945

crashed Betzenhausen, 1,5km NW of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2019 14:15:03 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 12778

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2018 00:02:06 Kauko56 Changes to description
Sources

MACR 12778

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

MACR 12778 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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