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42-100315

B-24 Liberator

B-24J "Quivering Box of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron was hit by Flak on return from the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. One engine caught fire imediately and another stopped. According to a statement in the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR 7250), either 7 or 8 men whose parachutes were seen to open jumped from the plane. Soon after these men jumped, and after the aircraft had descended out of control to a point a few thousand feet below the accompanying formation, it blew up in mid-air. The parachute from the last man to jump from the ship was afire and one man was seen to peel out of his chute after same opened. There were eleven men on board : Pilot Captain Eric H. Sherman (POW); Co-Pilot 1st Lt John E. Hand Jr (KIA); Navigator 1st Lt Glenn W. Hoffman (KIA); Bombardier 1st Lt Nelson T. Segraves (KIA); Nose Turret Gunner Captain Calvin T. Ballard (KIA); Engineer / Top Turret Gunner T/Sgt William S. Lutes (POW); Radio Operator T/Sgt William Kopczynski (POW); Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt William A. McDonald (KIA); Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Euylse E. Jackson (KIA); Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Leiding G. Olson ( (KIA); Tail Gunner S/Sgt John T. Clay (Died of wounds)

Service

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 705th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Calvin Ballard

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Captain Calvin Ballard served as Nose Turret Gunner on board B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. The Liberator was hit by Flak on return from the mission and Calvin...

  • John Clay

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    John Clay was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-100315 "Quivering Box" of 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded in the head, he died the same day in hospital and was buried in a military cemetery in Berg...

  • John Hand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    John E. Hand Jr was a Co-Pilot in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. A member of the Charles W. Haney crew, he replaced Pilot Eric H. Sherman's regular co-pilot on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. John Hand was on B-24 ...

  • Glenn Hoffman

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Graduating in 1939 after 4 years at Highland Park High School, Glenn Hoffman worked for a while as a stableman in a riding stable. He was then employed at the Chicago Union Station, the Chicago office of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific...

  • Euylse Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Euylse Jackson was Right Waist gunner on B-24 Quivering Box #42-100315 of 446th BG / 705th BS, shot down by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich, Germany. Wounded, Jackson went down with the plane and crashed near Tholen in The Netherlands....

  • William Kopczynski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Bill Kopczynski trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to...

  • William Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William Lutes enlisted in August 1942 and trained as an enginer/gunner. He was sent overseas and served in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Engineer / Top Turret Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it...

  • William McDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    William McDonald trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. He was a Ball Turret Gunner in the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay. He was on B-24 “Quivering Box” 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission to Munich,...

  • Leiding Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Leiding Olson trained as a gunner and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 446th Bomb Group / 705th Bomb Squadron at Bungay, England. He was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 “Quivering Box” # 42-100315 when it was hit by Flak on the 21 July 1944 mission...

  • Nelson Segraves

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Born and raised on the family farm at "Double Bridges" in Osceola, Arkansas, Nelson Segraves enlisted in the Air Corps two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He followed Bombardier training and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. After training at...

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Missions

  • 486

    21 July 1944

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Tholen, Holland, The Netherlands 21 July 1944

Hit by Flak on return from the mission, exploded in mid-air over Holland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2016 09:46:39 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7250
Contacts with family of Navigator Glenn Hoffman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7250 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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