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41-28814

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) supply mission to Wesel with Dale Beasley crew; shortly after supplies dropped and while at 300ft, A/C hit by 20mm AAA flak, causing fire to break out between No. 1 and 2 engines. Bail out ordered as A/C entered flat spin. Crew baled out, except the pilot and waist gunners, navigator's chute failed to open. 3 x RTD, 4 x KIA MACR 13537

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 705th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Reluctantly baled out, chute not known to have opened. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 ...

  • Dale Beasley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Richard Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, fished out of Rhine by landing craft. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 13537 ...

  • Thomas Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, chute not observed to have opened. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 ...

  • Coit Clemmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'F for Freddy' part of Wildrick Hart's crew.

  • John Heslin

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out of bomb bay. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 13537 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thaddeus Nanna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, landing west of the Rhine. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 13537 ...

  • Jack Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, chute not observed to have opened. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 ...

  • Paul Walder

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 Awards: AM, PH.

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Bassingbourn, UK 1944 – 24 March 1945

Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) supply mission to Wesel with Dale Beasley crew; downed by ground fire. 3 x RTD, 4 x KIA MACR 13537

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 11:09:58 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41966613
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/149026

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

MACR 13537 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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