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44-50838

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf with Robert Mains crew 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 13730

Only one of the crew, Charles Cupp, survived.

Service

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. ...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 714th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer / Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Harry Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Charles Cupp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13730 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Daman

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Daman was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg. ...

  • Allan Lake

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

  • John LaRiviere

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH

  • Robert Mains

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Mains was killed in action (KIA) while flying B-24 Liberator #44-50838 on 4 April 1945. He was taking part in a mission to attack German bases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, when his aircraft encountered enemy fighters over Hamburg. ...

  • Frank Merkovich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Stuart Van Deventer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Anthony Villari

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf in B-24 44-50838 'Red Bow' 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13730 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Missions

Places

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Seeting, UK 1944

Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 29392 Wesendorf, Germany 4 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Wessendorf with Robert Mains crew 4-Apr-45; A/C downed by fighters, broke up in flight near Lauenburg 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 13730

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 21:47:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29425553

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2018 15:18:34 Lucy May Changes to description and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29425553

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2015 23:09:38 bloodsweatflak Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Photo taken by Harold Dorfman, 448th BG, shows Red Bow in a death-dive during 4th April '45 mission to bomb jet airfields in Germany.

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

MACR 13730 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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