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41-28759

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 577BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) on mission to Berlin. 3 x Fw190's attacked and damaged 2 engines, one Fw190 was shot down, forcing a 2nd to break off, whilst the third struck from below inflicting severe damage. Pilot, copilot and nose gunner maintained some control whilst remaining crew baled out before A/C crashed near Bippen, Germany 29-Apr-44. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA. MACR 4462.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 577th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bennett

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Orlando Friesen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Hampton

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Hospitalised for bullet wounds in abdomen and tibia. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joe Maloy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at Ft. McClellan, AL in Jan-43. Joined 392nd BG March 1944. Pilot-Fred C Shere. Shot down on 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759 on mission to Berlin, Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIB to 3-May-45. Rank at end of WWII was Staff Sergeant. ...

  • Marvin Morris

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Patrick Ryan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Shere

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by 3 x Fw190's stayed at controls with co-pilot and nose gunner to enable crew to bale out 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Robert Wilcox

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fonzy Wilson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by 3 x Fw190's stayed with pilot and co-pilot to enable crew to bale out 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH

  • Milan Zeman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by 3 x Fw190's stayed with pilot and nose gunner to maintain control and enable crew to bail 29-Apr-44 in B-24 41-28759. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

Places

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, CA, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wendling, Dereham NR19, UK 19 March 1944 – 29 April 1944

Assigned to 577BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 49626 Bippen, Germany 29 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) on mission to Berlin. Shot down near Bippen, Germany 29-Apr-44. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA. MACR 4462.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2016 11:45:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28759
https://www.fold3.com/image/28647771
http://www.b24.net/aircraft/disposit.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4462 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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