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B-24 Liberator



  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 701st Bomb Squadron


  • William Shank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was Pilot of B-24 # 44-48854 of 445th BG/ 701st BS when it crashed attempting to land at Thorpe Abbotts on 6 April 1945.


  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Assigned RAF Tibenham 19 February 1945 – 6 April 1945
Training Accident Thorpe Abbotts, 100th Bomb Group Airfield 6 April 1945

While on a radar training mission in IFR weather conditions, #1 engine failed at altitude causing the loss of flight instruments. Aircraft entered a spin and recovered after falling 16,000 ft. Lost the left vertical stabilizer and left half of the rear elevator control surfaces. Attempted to land at Thorpe Abbotts airfield but had to abort initial attempt. Pilot William O. Shank turned into the dead engine to avoid over-flying Thorpe Abbotts, stalled and spun in, killing 3.


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 12:54:58 ED-BB Changes to events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Link to Pilot William O. Shank.
Link to Media FRE 6565 and FRE 6566
FRE 6567 = DUPLICATE with FRE 6566 :

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 22:05:00 B24Mike Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings and events

Aircraft Record card and mission load list data from the National Archives.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 15371 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database