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42-52306

B-24 Liberator

B-24 #42-52306 was hit by Flak over Berlin on the 6 March 1944 to that objective. Attacked by fighters, it was shot down and crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Pilot Jesse L. McMains (KIA), Co-Pilot Casimir J. Kolezynski (wounded in action-POW), Navigator William R. Doherty (POW), Bombardier Robert L. Dean (POW), Radio Operator Harvey L. Hoffstot (KIA), Engineer/Top Turret gunner Clarence C. Daw (KIA), Ball Turret gunner Conrad C. Lunz (POW), Right Waist gunner Carl M. Lash (POW), Left Waist gunner Jess J. Gomez (POW) and Tail Gunner Glenn W. Hunter (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 3349.

Service

Units

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Daw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Clarence Daw was one of five Daw brothers from Pensacola, Florida to enlist during WWII. He flew with Jesse L. McMains' crew on missions from England. Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near...

  • Robert Dean

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jess Gomez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Harvey Hoffstot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harvey Hofstott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group

  • Glenn Hunter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Casimir Kolezynski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Carl Lash

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Conrad Lunz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and later by fighters after falling out of formation on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944, B-24H #42-52306 crashed near Uelzen, East of Münster, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Hit by Flak on the second run over Berlin, shot down by fighters, crashed near Uelzen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 10:07:46 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 3349

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 08:54:33 ED-BB Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 3349

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

MACR 3349 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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