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42-51532

B-24 Liberator

MACR 9572

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...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    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

People

  • 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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Missions

  • 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: ...

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 September 1944

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

Revisions

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

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
Sources

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

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

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

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