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42-7563

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 701BS, 445BG, 8th AF. Transfered to the 859BS, 492BG and modified for use in Carpetbagger missions. After August 1944 the 492nd Bomb Group was used as a cover for special operations missions in Europe, such as supply drops to Underground forces, agent insertions and propaganda leaflet drops, usually done at night. Aircraft was loaned to the M.T.O. for use by the 15th Special Operations Group. Was lost on the 9-Feb-45 mission to Karlovac, daylight operation. Exploded in air, crashed near village Velike Brisnice, 8 km North of Jablanac. 8 KIA MACR 12361.

Service

Units

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron
  • 859th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Cervantes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 801BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 857BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Karlovac in B-24 42-7563 'Hells Warrior' 9-Feb-45; crashed near Velike Brisnice, 8 km North of Jablanac. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12361 Awards: PH.

  • William Elliott

    Military | Aerial Gunner | 490th Bomb Group

  • Robert Jackson

    Military | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Kyle Jones

    Military | Aerial Gunner | 490th Bomb Group

  • William Kavanaugh

    Military | Radio Operator, Gunner, Mechanic | 490th Bomb Group

  • Frank Marcus

    Military | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

  • Robert Maxwell

    Military | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Lionel Tetzloff

    Military | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Engineer | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

Places

  • 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...

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run, Ypsilanti Charter Twp, MI 48198, USA 1944

Built by Ford for Consolidated.

Delivered Michigan, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Tibenham, Norwich NR16, UK 1944

Assigned to 701BS, 445BG, 8th AF.

Transferred North Pickenham, Swaffham PE37, UK October 1944

859BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Detached Service (DS) December 1944

Loaned to 15th Special Operations Group.

Crashed 9 February 1945

Lost on the 9-Feb-45 mission to Karlovak,Yugoslavia. 8 KIA MACR 12361.

Crashed Velike Brisnice 9 February 1945

Lost on the 9-Feb-45 mission to Karlovak (very likely misspelled, because Karlovak never existed, correct target is Karlovac) ,Yugoslavia. 8 KIA MACR 12361.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 16:14:40 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

www.fold3.com
http://www.b24bestweb.com/hellswarrior.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2021 20:39:53 MIdja Changes to events
Sources

I have changed the crash event because it was completely wrong. It was pointing to a location in Serbia.
From its itinerary written in Missing Air Crew Report number 12361 (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/91125357); plane crashed near Jablanac in nowadays Croatia and the target were Karlovac (also nowadays Croatia), which is misspelled in MACR.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2016 20:46:05 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

www.fold3.com
http://www.b24bestweb.com/hellswarrior.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12361 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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