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42-50491

B-24 Liberator

42-50491 was a replacement B-24J Jul 1944 for the 492nd BG, 856th BS. Aug 1944
the B-24J was transferred to 446th BG, 706 BS and then to the 707th BS. Engine problems forced plane to ditch in English Channel Dec 27, 1944. 7 KIA, 3 rescued.

Service

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron
  • 707th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kieran Culliton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued. Culliton's name is recorded...

  • Albert Eibel

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued. Awards: AM, PH.

  • Jack Heuser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 707BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 missions, On 27 Dec 1944 he was a Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the...

  • Frank Jakubiec

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued. Jakubiec's name is recorded...

  • Wallace Malone

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 707BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 35 missions, On 27-Dec-44 ditched in the North Sea (having notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Along with ball turret gunner Strohaker and bombardier Heuser were rescued. RTD ...

  • Gale McGowan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    1/Lt. McGowan was Killed In Action (KIA). He was a flying co-pilot with the Wallace Malone crew. Due to mechanical problems, B-24J - S/N 42-50491 had to ditch in the North Sea (notified RAF Air-Sea Rescue). The plane broke in half upon landing on the...

  • James Sheets

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued.

  • Robert Steeves

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued. Steeves' name is recorded on...

  • Harry Stricklan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Member of Wallace Malone's crew Had to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued.

  • Thomas Strohaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 707BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Wallace Malone's crew forced to land in the North Sea (notified Air Sea Rescue) plane broke in half on landing on the water. Strohker, the pilot Malone and the Bombardier Heuser were rescued. RTD ...

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2015 20:04:24 AZ MAC Changes to markings and description
Sources

The History of the 446th Bomb Group (H) compiled by Harold E. Jansen, 1989, pg 229

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2015 19:57:04 AZ MAC Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

http://492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showAircraft&aircra...
http://cgibin.rcn.com/jeremy.k/cgi-bin/gzUsafSearch.pl?target=42-50491&c...
https://etvma.org/veterans/harry-f-stricklan-10378/
http://www.aviationmuseum.net/706BS.htm

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