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42-52627

B-24 Liberator

Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936.

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...

  • 735th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bill Banias

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Evaded capture (EVD)

  • Fred Foltz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Evaded capture (EVD)

  • Julius Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Bill Hileman

    Military | Corporal | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Albert Hitz

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Leonard Lincoln

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Richard Matheis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Charles Schaeffer

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • John Staedler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Robert Thompson

    Military | Corporal | Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52627 on 12 July 1944. Hit by Flak, put on fire, 2 engines out, forced to make an emergency landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6936. Prisoner of War (POW)

Missions

  • 468

    12 July 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Ensisheim, France 12 July 1944

forced landing 5km East of Ensisheim, Alsace, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 10:59:54 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Corrected typos in Biography

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2021 10:52:07 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6936

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6936 / MACR 6939 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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