44-40250

Object Number - UPL 57465 - B-24-155-CO, 44-40250, 445th BG, 703rd BS, RN-O. Crashed at Tibenham while taking off in very poor weather 19 Dec 1944. The mission was attempted in...

44-40250, B-24J-155-CO, 703 BS, 445 BG, RN-O. The aircraft crashed while taking off in very poor weather conditions on 19 Dec 1944. In heavy fog the aircraft ran off the runway & hit a gun emplacement pit tearing off the left landing gear. The mission, attempted despite the weather conditions being far below the normal minimums, was a response to the desperate situation developing in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. The intended target was the marshaling yard at Ehrang, Germany.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51681) of the 453rd Bomb Group flies in formation with a fellow Liberator of the 453rd and and a pathfinder Liberator of the 445th Bomb Group. Image via Alan Rowsell.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37358244
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34446882
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armorer/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12140752
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 445th Bomb Group 703rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33437050
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

Places

Signal Squares on the airfield at Tibenham, B-24 Liberators of the 398th Bomb Group are visible in the background. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Tibenham Signal Squares.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Tivetshall

Revisions

Date27 May 2022 18:09:57
ContributorUALDC8
Sources

Heavy Bombers of the Mighty Eighth
Battle Colors - Vol 1
Losses of the US 8th & 9th Air Forces - Vol 5
The Mighty Eighth War Diary
The Army Air Forces in World War II - Vol 3 - Argument to VE Day

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