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William J McKee Jr

Military

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Earlier 29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Alltebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. The pilot Donald Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was ib a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

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  • Robert Blomberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Gunning

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hardenburg, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7567 'Wacky Donald'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    KNO. December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge after an uncontrollable fire forced the crew to bale out. Hansen did not have time to escape. A/C was on a diversion flight from Tibenham. 1KNO 8 RTD

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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...

  • 700th Bomb Squadron

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...

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Born Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 12:33:37 DRudell Changes to media associations
Sources

8th Air Force Historical Society (http://www.8thafhs.org)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2553, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 443

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