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Homer Wilson Dallacqua

Military

Homer Dallacqua was Navigator on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Navigator on board B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Noord-Holland Province, The Netherlands, with Dallacqua one of the three rescued, the seven others drowning. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Russell Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Russell Anderson was Co-Pilot of B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Co-Pilot of B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a...

  • William Chappell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    William Chappell was Radio Operator/Gunner on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued...

  • Hubert Cripe

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Hubert Cripe was Pilot of B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Pilot of B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to...

  • Maurice Dinneen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Maurice Dinneen was Bombardier on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and seven...

  • Albert Edgett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 MarCH 1944 in B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider'. Returned To Duty (RTD). Albert Edgett was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to...

  • Mack Garrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Mack Garrett was Top Turret gunner on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and...

  • Thomas Keefe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Thomas Keefe was Right Waist gunner on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on...

  • Jason McGue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52226 fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and on the return the crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gerald Yoder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Gerald Yoder was Ball Turret gunner on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on...

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52226

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24H #42-52226 fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and seven drowned. Pilot : Hubert R. Cripe (POW); Co-Pilot...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 12 November 1921

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Lived in 1942

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

Enlisted 14 April 1942

Detroit, Michigan

bailed out 6 March 1944

of B-24H #42-52226, over Noord-Holland

Prisoner of War (POW) 6 March 1944 – 1945

rescued out of the water by Dutch fishermen together with Cripe and Anderson, but immediately arrested by German sea patrol boat. Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 4 June 1945.”

Died 4 April 2007

Agoura Hills, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 13:56:58 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography and events
Sources

MACR 2970
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft Card
SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 14:51:53 ED-BB Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2970

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 14:34:41 ED-BB Changes to awards
Sources

MACR 2970

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2016 17:28:47 timdallacqua Changes to nickname and awards
Sources

Info from Homer and family

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2970, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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