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Donald H Widmark

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29 December 1943 accident in B24#42-7550 which crashed near Attlebridge 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

On 5 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29116 after T/O aircraft had numerous mechanical problems and unable to land the crew was ordered to bale out. A/C crashed.

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).

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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

Aircraft

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Los Angeles, California, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 24 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2017 02:54:32 DRudell Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Connection to 41-29116 from accident report (Jan 5) from this website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2553 / MACR 2553, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 443 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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