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Charles M. Frank's crew
Back L to R: Bob Beltz (radio operator and waist gunner); Tom Patsey (asst. radio op and nose turret); Jack Hensley (asst. engineer and upper turret); Harry Fink (engineer and waist gunner); Mickey Redman (armorer gunner and belly turret); Joe Hensley (asst. engineer and tail turret)
Front L to R: Harry Stien (bombardier); Charles M. Frank (co-pilot); Mac Duncan (pilot); Harold Prout (navigator)

Connections

Units

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 733rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Beltz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 #42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. Air Medal

  • Lawrence Duncan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. ...

  • Harry Fink

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Ditched in channel on 17 Feb 45, hit by flak in B-24 #4251149 RTD Air Medal w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Charles Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Charles Minor Frank was from Asheville, NC. He was to be a pilot of B24s but another pilot from Asheville, NC (Mac Duncan) asked him to be his co-pilot and Charlie agreed. Also in their 10 man crew were identical twins, Joe and Jack Hensley from...

  • Edward Hensley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. Air Medal

  • Edwin Hensley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. Air Medal

  • Thomas Patsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 #42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. RTD Ditched in channel on 17 Feb 45 in B-24 #4251149 Air Medal; Purple Heart

  • James Redman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Killed on 17 Feb 1945 when B-24 42-51149 ditched in North Sea after mission recall. Air Medal

  • Harry Stien

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier

Locations

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 20:04:30 Mary Kay Armstrong Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Mary Kay Frank Armstrong

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