Crashed into high ground at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944, while ferrying B-24 Liberator 42-52003 from BAD 2 at Burtonwood to Hardwick, after experiencing bad weather. Houpt was wounded in action, suffering a broken jaw. He managed to extract himself from the wreck of the aircraft and reached the road from Hayfield to Glossop. Houpt and Najvar were picked up by a lorry driver who took him to a local pub, where they telephoned Burtonwood to report the accident and was retrieved by Ambulance.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 27th Air Transport Group
Crashed into high ground at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944, while ferrying B-24 Liberator 42-52003 from BAD 2 at Burtonwood to Hardwick, after experiencing bad weather. Najvar managed to extract himself from the wreck of the aircraft and reached the...
Units served with
The 27th went through two different incarnations during the Second World War. As the 27th Bombardment Group it fought in the Philippines and Java in 1941-42. It was then reformed in the US and sent to North Africa, where it eventually became the 27th...
93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...
B-24J Liberator 42-52003 crashed at Mill Hill on 11 October 1944. The aircraft was travelling from the large American maintenance airfield at Burtonwood to Hardwick, they crew had had difficulties taking off and fog and cloud obscured the high ground...
Military site : airfield
Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...
|Wounded in action
||11 October 1944