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41-29596

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. On 23-Feb-45, while returning from the 458th Bomb Group's mission to bomb the Gera and Reichenbach Marshalling Yards in Germany, 2Lt Daniel F Hunt, Jrs crew (754th Sqdn), flying B-24H 41-29596 "Hell's Angel's" collided with B-24H 42-50449 'Heavenly Hideaway' [Bechtel's crew]. Both ships went down about 10 miles north of Horsham St. Faith, 15 of 18 men being killed.
Crew: Daniel F Hunt Jr, Charles H Peckham Jr,Wallace D Lund, Francis A Barnicle, Charles P Haskins, Jose J Luna (KIA). Ivan K Norris, Norvin K Sulflow, Henry J Hachey and Michael H Diamantopoulos baled out (RTD).

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Aircraft

  • 42-50449 'Heavenly Hideaway'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 753BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Mid-Air collision with B-24H 41-29596 "Hell's Angel's" on return from mission to bomb Gera/Reichenbach Marshalling Yards 23-Feb-45. Crashed 10 miles north of Horsham St Faith with loss of 9 crew members. No MACR. ...

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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Barnicle

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    B-24H 42-50449 'HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY' crashed after mid-air collision after returning from mission to the Reichenbach Marshalling Yards.

  • John Beddow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Armour crew. 30 x combat missions, as well as making gas runs to Patton's army. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 battle stars), American Defense Medal.

  • George Bradley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber / Fighter pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the army in 1935 and his first duties were with a lighter-than-air squadron at Scott Field, IL. Later he was transferred to a Flying Fortress outfit at Langley Field, VA. Flew as a gunner in B-17’s. He then trained as a bombardier and...

  • Bartholomew Catanzaro

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Cowan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Michael Diamantopoulos

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Gustave Duhon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Appointed Assistant Squadron Adjutant. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Faggioli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze, along with pilot received facial burns in the ensuing fire 27-May-44. ...

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Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Mission to Brunswick/Waggum Brunswick, Germany 5 August 1944

Mission to Brunswick/Waggum. 05-Aug-44. Bradley crew aboard.

Mission to Magdeburg Magdeburg, Germany 9 February 1945

Mission to Magdeburg. 9-Feb-45 . Hunt crew aboard.

Mission to Magdeburg Magdeburg, Germany 14 February 1945

Mission to Magdeburg. 14-Feb-45 . Hunt crew aboard.

Mission to Gera / Reichenbach Marshalling Yards Gera, Germany 23 February 1945

Mission to Gera / Reichenbach Marshalling Yards. Hunt crew aboard. 23-Feb-45.

Crashed 10 miles Nth Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK 23 February 1945

Mid Air Collision with B-24H 42-50449 'Heavenly Hideaway' 10 miles Nth of Horsham. 15[KIA].

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2017 21:45:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/group-aircraft
http://www.458bg.com/crewbradley.htm
http://www.458bg.com/crewli43hunt

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