George Napier Spaven Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 13290 - George N Spaven Jr.

Crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission in B-24 41-28729 on 8 March 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). George Spaven was Pilot of 41-29273 'Flak Magnet' on the 22 April 1944 mission. Hit by flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany, the Liberator's #2 engine caught fire and A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen, though bale out had not been called. A/C then was brought under control, regained altitude and re-joined formation. After an undetermined period of time, A/C was observed to leave formation and head west, still under control. Tailed and shot down by FW190 'Red 23' of Major Heinz Bär of II/JG1. Pilot Lt George Spaven Jr was hit by bullets in the final attack by Heinz Bar and held the plane steady to allow all crew members to bale out. George Spaven was killed in the crash, near Hoetmar, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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Units served with

Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37223225
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36721017
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39277261
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13131261
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-810990
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

The shark mouth nose of a B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Flak Magnet" of the 458th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '458th B.G.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Flak Magnet
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 22 April 1944

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Richmond, VA 2 May 1941 Richmond, Virginia

Died

22 April 1944 Killed in the crash of B-24H 41-29273 near Hoetmar, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA)

Buried

Hoetmar, Germany 23 April 1944 in the village cemetery of Hoetmar, Warendorf District, Germany

Born

North Carolina Son of George Napier Sr and Amanda Spaven.
Front Royal, Warren County, VA

Buried

Netherlands American Cemetery George Spaven’s remains were brought to The Netherlands after the war. He rests at the Margraten Cemetery, Plot D, Row 12, Grave 12

Revisions

Date19 Apr 2021 16:55:44
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56304124/george-n-spaven

Date19 Apr 2021 14:33:36
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date13 Apr 2020 12:21:54
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 4180
WWII Enlistment records
Downed Allied Aircraft Kampfflugzeug Unterlagen (KU) Reports KU 1487 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139542878
ABMC website

Date12 Apr 2020 14:12:24
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 4180

Date25 Oct 2017 11:42:04
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4180, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 282 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010,

href="http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htmD790G4582010">http://www.458bg.com/crew33spaven.htmD790G4582010>

Date23 Feb 2015 14:56:55
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date23 Feb 2015 14:51:15
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:11:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 4180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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