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B-24 Liberator

MACR 9572



  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb 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...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • 705th Bomb Squadron


  • Earl Groves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in B-24 #42-51532 named "Hot Rock".

  • William Hoopes

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Leo Mower crew. Damaged by flak and fighters and landed in Sweden on 21-Jun-44 in B-24 'Lovely Lady's Avenger' 44-40093. Interned (INT) Sweden. ...

  • Sylvester Lello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in B-24#42-51532 named 'Hot Rock'.

  • William Mowat

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in AC #42-51532. 'Hot Rock'

  • Theodore Myers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9/27/44 on Kassel mission in B-24 'Hot Rock' #42-51532, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Neher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in B-24 #42-51532 named 'Hot Rock'.

  • Frank Plesa

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1944 on the Kassel mission in AC #45-1532"'Hot Rock". Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herbert Rosenkoff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Orville Smets

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in B-24 #42-51532 "Hot Rock".

  • John Spingler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 27 September 1944 in B-24 #42-51532 "Hot Rock".

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  • 8th Air Force 650

    27 September 1944
    This mission is conducted by three elements against industrial targets, an oil refinery and an aircraft factory in Germany. A total of 1,192 heavy bombers are dispatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions: ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 September 1944

crashed in the Wildeck forest, near Hönebach/Raßdorf, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 9572


Date Contributor Update
15 January 2022 12:29:33 Will Decker Changes to events

I noticed the spelling of the crash location was inaccurate.

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 10:28:55 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Wallace R. Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
MACR 9572

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 9572 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database