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42-52169

B-24 Liberator

The aircraft was named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of pilot Nicholas Radosevich. The nose art was also painted in her likeness.

Shot down on 8 May 1944 on a mission to Brunswick. The aircraft was attacked by Germany fighter aircraft and caught fire. The crew were ordered to bail out and the aircraft exploded while they were escaping. German authorities reported three bodies were found on board the wreckage of the aircraft, the other members of the crew were captured.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Acton

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52169 'Lucky Penny'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Duval Angelle

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #42-52169 'Lucky Penny', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Angelo Aratari

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #4252169 'Lucky Penny. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Burgess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Billie Button

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 42-52169 'Lucky Penny'. Prisoner of War.

  • Luther Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on the 'Lucky Penny 1 & II Became a B-29 instructor pilot after returning from Europe. Retired from Eastern Air Lines in June 1981. In retirement he had a motorhome with a painting on the back of his B-24 returning over the white cliffs of Dover.

  • Penelope Cocker Spaniel

    Civilian | Mascot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Penelope was the pet dog of Nicholas Radosevich of the 453rd Bomb Group. He named the B-24 Liberators he flew "Lucky Penny" after her. ...

  • John Dudash

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #4252169 'Lucky Penny. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hiram Gill

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-24 #4252169 'Lucky Penny. 'Killed in Action (KIA) Purple Heart

  • Robert Hanson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 453rd Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

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
Crashed Germany 8 May 1944 – 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2021 07:23:47 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

B-24 Best Web, crew photo in A Retrospective View - World War II 1940-1945, by Reverend Ed Walker and Nicholas Radosevich (1995) at the Second Air Division Digital Archive, MACR 4594

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

MACR 4594 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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