42-52653 Sleepless Knights

Object Number - UPL 55774 - B-24H 42-52653 'Sleepless Knights'

Assigned to 836BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 825BS, 484BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Linz, Austria with Pat Truesdell crew, 25-Apr-45; hit by flak, crash landed behind Russian lines - 9 x RTD MACR 13993

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Units served with

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-78289) nicknamed "Flak Strainer" of the 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. Image via P Gandillet. Handwritten caption on reverse: '42078289 B024L 824 BS- 84 BG 15th AF "Flak Strainer" Dijon-Longvic Oct 1944.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 487th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 484th Bomb Group 825th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13075755
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight engineer / gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 484th Bomb Group 825th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2075183
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 836th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12093051 / O-696368
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 836th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 487th Bomb Group 836th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14122048 / O-683540
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Lavenham/Alpheton Airfield
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Cerignola #3

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

Lavenham, UK Assigned to 836BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned

Torretta, Sicily Transferred to 825BS, 484BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed

Kecskemet, Hungary 1945-04-25 Force landed after flak hit on Linz mission; 25-Apr-45

Manufactured

Willow Run, Ypsilanti, MI Built at Ford, Willow Run, Michigan.

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