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Homer Y Harris

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) while assembling over base after his aircraft encountered severe prop wash and crashed.

Service

People

  • Willis Benagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid air collision over Horsham while assembling for a mission as PFF plane in B-24 'Liberty Bell'

  • Clay Byers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar (H2X) Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    KIA when his aircraft encountered prop wash at an altitude of approx. 300 feet and in a 40 degree bank shortly after take off. The a/c stalled and crashed. All 12 on board were KIA

  • Donald Call

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Horsham shortly after takeoff for mission in PFF plane 'Liberty Belle'. They had stopped at Horsham to pick up a command pilot for the mission.

  • John French

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Hochheiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid air collision while assembling over Horsham as Lead PFF Plane for mission in B-24 'Liberty Bell'

  • Thomas Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Willard Lange

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Langer

    Military | First Lieutenant | PIlotage Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    KIA when his a/c encountered prop wash and crashed shortly after takeoff from Horsham St. Faith, where is crew had stopped to pick up a command pilot (Leland Griffiths) from the 458th BG for the day's mission.

  • Anthony Mulone

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid air collision over Horsham while assembling for mission as Lead PFFplane in B-24 'Liberty Belle'

  • Burton Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while assembling over Horsham in PFF plane 'Liberty Bell." The a/c encountered prop wash at an altitude of 300 feet in a 40 degree bank causing the a/c to stall and crash. All 12 on board were KIA

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • 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 Illinois, USA 13 July 1915
Lived in Middletown, IL, USA 1942
Buried Fairfield, IL 62837, USA 1944

Maple Hill Cemetery
Fairfield
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
Plot: In Veterans Section

Died Horsham Saint Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 1 September 1944

His a/c crashed after encountering prop-wash at an altitude of approximately 300 feet and in a 40 degree bank which caused the a/c to stall and crash. All 12 men on board were KIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 18:41:59 466thHistorian Changes to biography
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
page 125

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 01:55:23 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events and media associations
Sources

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 20:54:27 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

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

Accident report 035 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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