42-50486 Butch

Took a direct hit from anti aircraft fire over target at Blechammer, Germany. Aircraft immediately broke into two pieces. 26 Dec 1944 at 12:29am.


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Units served with

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-41068) of the 485th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in flight. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Yellow? 44-41068.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 485th Bomb Group 828th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32417852
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner



A mission log for Lieutenant Colonel Paul Chryst of the 91st Bomb Group, 3 August 1944 -15 December 1944. Image via Lieutenant Colonel Paul Chryst, 91st Bomb Group.
  • Date: 5 August 1944
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 305th Bomb Group fly in formation.
  • Date: 4 August 1944
  • Date: 3 August 1944
  • Date: 1 August 1944


Event Location Date Description


Blechammer, Germany 16 December 1944 Shot down by anti aircraft fire.


Date4 May 2020 15:05:25
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