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42-52132

B-24 Liberator

Liberator B-24H-10-FO (42-52132) was assigned to Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group in October 1943. It was named "Boomerang" by the crew when they arrived at Forbes Field, Kansas to take ownership after their training was completed. It was flown to Seething, England via South America and North Africa by Crew 11 in November 1943.
Crew 11 was scheduled to fly their 6th mission with "Boomerang" on 10 Feb 1944 when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying the mission to Gilz-Rijen, Holland.
“Boomerang” crashed due to bad weather and violent maneuvering to avoid a mid-air collision while forming up over England. The tail turret separated from the aircraft and the wings collapsed after climbing sharply and stalling. Seven Crew 5 members were killed in the crash and three survived. The book "Liberators over Germany in WWII" by Jeffrey E. Brett describes the event in detail on pages 58-60 .

Service

Units

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 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...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Aucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Harold L. Aucker was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Robert Ayrest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Robert C. Ayrest was born on April 21, 1921. His hometown was Inglewood, California. His wife was Mary L. Ayrest, two sons Robert Claud and Howard Donald, and a brother Alan. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at UCLA. ...

  • Robert Bass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Robert V. Bass was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Frank Boula

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Frank E. Boula was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Alfred Cannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Alfred E. Cannon was born 25 Feb 1919 in Queens, New York. In Apr 1943 he became the Navigator in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Gowen Field, Idaho. In Nov 1943 Crew 11 arrived at Seething England and from...

  • Gerald Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Gerald Carroll was born 24 Sep 1921 in Silver Bow, Montana. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps 08 Aug 1941. In Apr 1943 he became the Top Turret Gunner and First Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group...

  • Joseph Chioda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Joseph A. Chioda was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Norbert Duginske

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Second Engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Norbert Mike Duginske was born in Merrill, Wisconsin 01 Jan 1920. He enlisted 11 Feb 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Apr 1943 he became the Waist Gunner and Second Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb...

  • Kenneth Dyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Kenneth L. Dyer was born August 7, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He enlisted in Indianapolis on November 12, 1942. He was a Radio Operator while assigned to "Boomerang" (42-52132) Jan-Feb 1944, "Little Sheppard" (41-28711) Feb-Mar 1944 and ...

  • Raymond Giwojna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Third Engineer | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Raymond G. Giwojna was born 11 Apr 1923. He enlisted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 30 Oct 1942. In Apr 1943 he became the Tail Gunner and Third Engineer in the initial formation of Crew 11, 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group at Gowen Field,...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

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...

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Topeka Regional Airport, Kansas (formally Forbes Field) 1 October 1943

Crew 11 was assigned aircraft 42-52132 which was delivered to Forbes Field, Kansas.

Crashed Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 10 February 1944

Aircraft crashed near Tibenham, Norfolk. Seven of the crew were killed, three survived.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 19:18:45 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Updated media associations.

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 17:34:33 dmccullo Changes to unit associations and media associations
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Updated key image.

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 19:11:59 dmccullo Changes to mission associations
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Updated missions for "BOOMERANG".

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 19:24:52 dmccullo Changes to aircraft associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 19:22:22 dmccullo Changes to aircraft associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 07:39:05 dmccullo Changes to description
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Updated biography.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 18:17:08 dmccullo Changes to description and aircraft associations
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Updated connections and biography.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 06:39:43 dmccullo Changes to media associations
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Added Crew 11 members.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 05:36:40 dmccullo Changes to aircraft associations
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Revised aircraft connection.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2020 07:36:59 dmccullo Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Updated details of the history of "Boomerang" from Crew 11 member Bill McCullah's memoirs.

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 12:51:30 rossingtonj Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, description, events and person associations
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Created entry using information taken from Robert C Ayrest's page.

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