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George Napier Spaven Jr

Military

Crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission in B-24 41-28729 on 8 March 1944. Returned to duty (RTD). George Spaven was Pilot of 41-29273 'Flak Magnet' on the 22 April 1944 mission. Hit by flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany, the Liberator's #2 engine caught fire and A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen, though bale out had not been called. A/C then was brought under control, regained altitude and re-joined formation. After an undetermined period of time, A/C was observed to leave formation and head west, still under control. Tailed and shot down by FW190 'Red 23' of Major Heinz Bär of II/JG1. Pilot Lt George Spaven Jr was hit by bullets in the final attack by Heinz Bar and held the plane steady to allow all crew members to bale out. George Spaven was killed in the crash, near Hoetmar, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Allin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Cedric Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Cedric Cole was Radio Operator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • James Fittinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Allen Glover

    Military | Master Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Member of Crew 33. Assigned to 753BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Six combat missions, before confiding in his crew mates that he was 16 years old, having enlisted at 14. Removed from combat. ...

  • Peter Kowal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Peter Kowal was Navigator on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • James Mortinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    James Mortinson was Bombardier on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Herman Peacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Herman Peacher was Tail Gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'....

  • Lawrence Scheiding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Lawrence Scheiding was Ball Turret gunner on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4129273 'Flak...

  • James Wedding

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Zedeker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Robert Zedeker was Co-Pilot on board B-24H #41-28729 when it crashed while attempting to land at Warton (Neaton) upon returning from a combat mission on 8 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). ...

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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29273 Flak Magnet

    B-24 Liberator
    MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by Flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany. The #2 engine caught fire and the A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen. A/C then was brought under control and Lt George N. Spaven Jr regained...

Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born North Carolina 1920

Son of George Napier Sr and Amanda Spaven.

Lived in Front Royal, Warren County, VA 1941
Enlisted Richmond, VA 2 May 1941

Richmond, Virginia

Died 22 April 1944

Killed in the crash of B-24H 41-29273 near Hoetmar, Germany. Killed In Action (KIA)

Buried Hoetmar, Germany 23 April 1944

in the village cemetery of Hoetmar, Warendorf District, Germany

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

George Spaven’s remains were brought to The Netherlands after the war. He rests at the Margraten Cemetery, Plot D, Row 12, Grave 12

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 16:55:44 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and biography
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56304124/george-n-spaven

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 14:33:36 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 16:40:46 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763778
https://www.fold3.com/image/150481990
https://www.fold3.com/record/529881644/george-n-spaven-jr-american-battl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56304124/george-n-spaven

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 12:21:54 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4180
WWII Enlistment records
Downed Allied Aircraft Kampfflugzeug Unterlagen (KU) Reports KU 1487 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/139542878
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2020 14:12:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename and awards
Sources

MACR 4180

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 11:42:04 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards and place associations
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4180, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces & Page 282 of the book LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010,

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Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 14:56:55 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 14:51:15 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography and events
Sources

http://www.458bg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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