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Kirby Bedon

Crash site

Detailed history

On the Leister Crew's second mission with the 467th, their ship was heavily damaged. They made it back to England, but couldn't reach their base. They crashlanded at the small village Kirby Bedon. Four of the men were killed. Another was critically wounded. After recovery, the survivors were each given the choice of returning to combat or doing ground duty. Only the pilot Roger Leister asked to be returned to combat.



  • George Lifschitz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG ...

  • Darlton Pontius

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    On approaching to land, all four engines of the B24 Liberator, Broad+High, locked. The aircraft crashed in a field in Kirby Bedon, killing 4 crew members. T/Sgt Darlton Pontius was one of those killed when the ship hit an embankment, causing the top...


  • 42-50439 Broad+High

    B-24 Liberator
    On 18 Aug 44, damaged and low on fuel, it crashlanded in a field at Kirby Bedon, England. Flown by the Leister Crew, 4 KIA, 1 WIA, 4 RTD.


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 16:09:02 usxpat Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, aircraft associations and media associations
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