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Norman A Harris

Military

Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • William Beggs

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA). Still...

  • Peter Calzonetti

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 42-51098, which collided above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Howard Cohen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Kelly Crabtree

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Joe Guastella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Wounded, he was captured and...

  • Hal Linder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Gilbert Matthews

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • John Ruppert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Frank Tatum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51098

    B-24 Liberator
    Collided above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. All nine men on board Killed In Action (KIA): Pilot Joe Guestella (Died of wounds...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Stuart, Virginia, USA
Buried August 1944

in a common grave at the Mosigkau cemetery

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 16 August 1944

in the crash of B-24 #42-51098 near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2020 10:34:38 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8432

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, 31 July 1944 Roster AAF #124, MACR 8432, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8432 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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