The Nazis never gave Lt. Charles J. Misiaszek a chance to unpack his barracks bags when he arrived in England. He docked at 6 p.m., was just settling down at his new base five hours later when they came over to rip up the field with JU-88s. "Looked like a 4th of July celebration in May," the Wallingford, Conn. Liberator pilot recalled "But most of all it was plenty annoying." Lt. Misiaszek had his most trouble overseas because of a freak accident on the way to Munich. "We ran into a cloud bank about 60 miles from the target.“ he said. "Things got pretty confused and another B-24 just missed my plane. By the time we got straightened out we were separated from the rest of the formation. Climbing up through the overcast, I tacked on to another group going my way. Over the target, we ran into the roughest most intense flak barrage I've ever seen. There were more than 75 holes in the plane and the oxygen system was shot out and we had to drop down to 14,000 feet. We were shot at by every ack ack battery on the way home, and by the time we reached there, the Lib looked more like a sieve than an airplane---but none of the crew was even scratched."
There are 35 combat missions on the lieutenant's overseas log and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters.
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The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...
B-24 disappeared into a cloud bank on its return from a mission to Stuttgart, Germany, on 4 March 1945. It crashed into the North Sea and only two of the crew, Sgt Perry and Sgt Moskowitz, were picked up in rescue launches. They thought the aircraft...
Military site : airfield
First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...