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44-10513

B-24 Liberator

Involved in a mid-air collision with another 389th BG aircraft 42-50452 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21 November 1944.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-50452 'Earthquake McGoon'

    B-24 Liberator
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another 389th BG aircraft 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21 November 1944. The pilot of EARTHQUAKE MCGOON on this day was Lt. Alfred Brooks. Brooks was the only survivor from his aircraft....

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Peter Ferdinand

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Survived mid air collision in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ baled out Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 RTD. Aboard 42-50612 ‘King Size’ hit by 15 x enemy fighters after bombs away, survived by bailing out...

  • Elden Forster

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Julius Heitler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    It was known in the family that Julius enlisted when he was 17, needing his parents' permission to do so. Three months before his death, he wrote to his sister Sylvia: "I’ve started flying but as yet I haven’t told Mom & Pop. Please don’t tell them...

  • Roger Krouskup

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Fred Landrum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Leatherwood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (8OLC), PH.

  • Harry Looy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Serving at Pearl Harbor on 7-Dec-41 as a coastal artillery gunner and later joined the army air corp. Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44...

  • William Martin

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group

  • James Rhine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Jack Ryles

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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Missions

  • 720

    21 November 1944

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Carleton Rode

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Hethel, UK 1944 – 21 November 1944

Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Carleton Rode, UK 21 November 1944

Involved in a mid-air collision with B-24 42-50452 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21-Nov-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 10:43:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15294

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2018 18:24:21 Myra Miller PhD Changes to person associations
Sources

NARA ST. Louis

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2018 18:06:57 Myra Miller PhD Changes to nicknames
Sources

NARA St. Louis

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 10:05:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from;
User : HayMarket1 - Report of Aircraft Accident, Midair Collision 11/21/1944

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:23:03 HayMarket1 Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

Report of aircraft accident for B24 44-10513. All crew except for Ferdinand and Martin were killed as a result of midair collision with 42-50452 on 11/21/1944 over Carleton Rode, England.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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