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Albert L Bessette


July 3, 1944 accident on takeoff in B-24 #42-63781 ÒBlack MagicÓon a training flight. . 8 RTD


Units served with

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-63781 'Black Magic'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 479ASG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 406BS, 801BG, 8AF USAAF.


Event Location Date
Born Pawtucket, Rhode Island


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:08 AAM AAM ingest

801st BG Roster, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. IV by Bishop & Hey, pp.26, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia