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41-29470

B-24 Liberator

On its first mission as an 856th BS plane, it was lent to the 857th BS and was shot down by flak.
23 Jun 44: Lost with Monroe Crew R-01, shot down by flak over Brussels, Belgium.
8 KIA, 2 POW, MACR 6242

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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron
  • 856th Bomb Squadron
  • 857th Bomb Squadron
  • 858th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Black

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed in Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • Lee Hampton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels on 6/23/44 in B-24 #4129470 POW

  • Morton Kern

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • David McClenny

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Prisoner of War. Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels on 6/23/44 in B-24 41-29470

  • John Monroe

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • Henry Sumowski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • Jack Swan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels on 6/23/44 in B-24 #4129470

  • Michael Trotta

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • Arthur Vincent

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

  • Thomas Yandoh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Brussels in B-24 #4129470

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...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned North Pickenham 1 June 1944

Assigned to the 858th BS, 492nd BG. Obtained from the 458th BG during the J for H trade with the 458th for PROJECT AZON. Its last mission with the 458th was on 31 May 44 and its first with the 492nd was on 6 Jun 44. Therefore, it came into the 492nd during that time.

Assigned North Pickenham 19 June 1944

Reassigned to the 857th BS when the 858th was cut from the 492nd BG.

Manufactured North Pickenham 22 June 1944

reassigned to the 856th BS, 492nd BG to replace 44-40161 TROUBLEHUNTER lost on 20th June 1944.

Final Mission Juvincourt, France 23 June 1944

Mission: Juvincourt, France. Target: Airfield. The 492nd drew the Laon/Athies airfield near Juvincourt, France. The Group was able to put 24 ships in the air. A couple of the planes had to abort due to engine trouble, but 22 were able to go on to target, led by the Konstand Crew #711.

Crashed Brussels, Belgium 23 June 1944

After releasing its bombs, the Monroe Crew #R-01 was lost to a direct hit by flak. They were flying number 41-29470. Their right wing caught fire, exploded and blew off. No chutes were seen as the plane spun downward, but 2 of the men were able to bail out in time.

Manufactured Fort Worth, Texas

Consolidated AC, Ft. Worth, Texas

Delivered Horsham St. Faith, England

Original aircraft for the 755th BS, 458th BG

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2021 00:51:19 acbernstein1 Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showAircraft&aircra...
492ndBombGroup.com — an Arnett Institute project

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

MACR 6242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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