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Landican

Crash site

Detailed history

On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had suffered heavy losses on the Kassel mission in September that year.

During the flight the B-24 broke up in mid-air over Birkenhead and all 24 men on board were killed when it crashed near Landican. The cause of the accident was never officially determined, though a fuel leak was cited as a possible factor.

A memorial stone commemorates the 24 men killed in the crash.

Connections

People

  • Joseph Arrigotti

    Military | Sergeant | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Richard Blake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Robert Boyd

    Military | Private | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Edward Brick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • William Driscoll

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Albert Engasser

    Military | Sergeant | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Reginald Gehman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Control Officer | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • Vincent Hamilton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • John Hennessy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

  • George Leary

    Military | First Lieutenant | 445th Bomb Group
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

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Aircraft

  • 42-50347

    B-24 Liberator
    On 18 October 1944 B-24 Liberator serial number 42-50347 was flying from Greencastle, Ireland to Tibenham on a familiarisation flight over Britain. Onboard were 24 replacement crewmen who had been sent to the 445th Bomb Group after the unit had...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2018 08:25:16 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Information provided by Skip Kimbrow, Together We Served

http://wrecksiteuk.blogspot.com/2012/02/b-24-42-50347-landicanbirkenhead...

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