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42-50452

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. Two survived from aircraft 44-10513. Seventeen were killed in the collision and their names are on a memorial at the Carleton Rode church near where the collision occurred.

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Aircraft

  • 44-10513 'Old Glory'

    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.

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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...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Donald Bremer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Walter Brewer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Alfred Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Sole survivor from A/C. RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Bucher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), 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...

  • Carl Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Sawyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Stanley Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Niel Snodgrass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

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

Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Carleton Rode, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 21 November 1944

Mid air collision with another 389th Group B-24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 10:24:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/earthquakemcgoon-v2-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2017 08:03:33 Lucy May Changes to nicknames
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Changed nickname from 'Magoon' to 'McGoon' to match spelling in nose art

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2017 10:37:16 Lucy May Changes to description and person associations
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Information contributed by Chris Gregg on B24Bestweb: http://www.b24bestweb.com/earthquakemcgoon-v2-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2015 12:48:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Biography from MACR 15663

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2015 12:46:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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Added connections from MACR 15663 - http://www.fold3.com/image/47349792/

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 16:01:57 usxpat Changes to media associations
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Freeman Collection

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 16:21:51 usxpat Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial# 56288192

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