Ernest L Akens

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 17521 - Crew #519 John C. MacDonald Crew Back Row Left to Right: John C. MacDonald (P), James D. Mullins (N), Carl E. Bailey (B), Gordon Sinclair...

Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice', Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-526631
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Merchant of Venice
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

France 11 May 1944 After being damaged by flak, Akens a/c headed for Switzerland, but never made it. He is still missing.

Born

Warren, Arkansas

Buried

Commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date14 Oct 2021 18:11:09
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date22 Jun 2016 00:24:40
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date11 Sep 2015 03:26:16
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date15 May 2015 14:44:27
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Combined two entries for Earnest L Akens. Now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 4802 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

ABMC record: http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWI…

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802

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