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William Edward Lofton Jr

Military

On 17 Oct 1944 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. Killed in Action (KIA) on 1 April 1945. B-24 A/C #44-10577 'Lucky Penny II'.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Hilliard Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Bruce Florea

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

  • Elden Gould

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose / tail gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Substitute tail gunner, on 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, A/C received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD...

  • Robert Hon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Regular tail gunner for Lofton crew flying on B-24 'Lucky Penny II'. Missed mission on 17-Oct-44 due to influenza. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Lonigan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base. RTD ...

  • Johnnie Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD. He was later a teacher,...

  • Winford Pace

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, A/C received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew bailed out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Edward Paulson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Edward Rosenberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Voice intercepts | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. ETD ...

  • Wilbur Stites

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to duty RTD. 35 x combat missions. ETD ...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-10577 'Strictly Business'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed and burned 1-Apr-45 at Shotesham. Salvaged 4-Apr-45.

  • 42-95312 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 734th Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group. The aircraft completed its first mission on 9 May 1944. It was the second aircraft to be named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of Pilot Nicholas Radosevich. ...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Van Horn, TX 15 March 1922

Son of William E Lofton Snr.

Lived in LA County, CA 1942
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 18 September 1942

Los Angeles California

Based Old Buckenham 1944 – 1 April 1945

Assigned to 734BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out RTD Spa, Belgium 17 October 1944

On 17-Oct-44 on mission to Cologne in B-24 42-95312, AC received flak damage causing fuel to leak. After 3 engines quit crew baled out inside friendly lines and all returned to base.

Died Shotesham, UK 1 April 1945

B-24 A/C 44-10577 'Lucky Penny II'. Crashed short timing replaced engine. 1-Apr-45. Crashed Shotesham. Died non Battle (DNB).

Buried 2 April 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery
Plot B Row 4 Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2019 14:05:30 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631831218
https://www.fold3.com/record/85018764-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/record/529904866-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039323?rec=300967262
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56291821/william-e-lofton

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2019 21:21:42 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631831218
https://www.fold3.com/record/85018764-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/record/529904866-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039323?rec=300967262
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56291821/william-e-lofton

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2019 08:52:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/631831218
https://www.fold3.com/record/85018764-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/record/529904866-william-e-lofton
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039323?rec=300967262
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56291821/william-e-lofton

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2017 14:19:08 Lucy May Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Corrected aircraft number: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=lofton&Submit7=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology, Unit History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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