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B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission., unable to reach altitude - aborted mission. No. 1 engine feathered due to mech failure. Attempting landing, turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 2 x RTD, 8 x Killed in Action(KIA). 25-Jun-44.

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. ...

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 844th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 'Fay Day' took off for mission, unable to reach altitude, aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in...

  • Colin Carew

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 'Fay Day' took off for mission, unable to reach altitude, aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in...

  • John Fura

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 'Fay Day' took off for mission, unable to reach altitude, aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Returned to...

  • Edward Hamilton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action...

  • Milton Hibbard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action ...

  • Leonard Jansen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action ...

  • Raymond Sokoloski

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action ...

  • Frank Sterbenz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action ...

  • Harry Stoughton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. A/C took off for mission. Unable to reach altitude and aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Killed in Action ...

  • James Wood

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 'Fay Day' took off for mission, unable to reach altitude, aborted mission. Attempting landing, A/C turned sharply to the left and crashed. Gas tanks and bombs exploded shortly thereafter. 25-Jun-44. Returned to...

Places

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airfield Ypsilanti, MI 1944

Built at Ford.

Assigned Halesworth, UK 1944

Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Halesworth, UK 25 June 1944

Landing accident at base fuel and bomb load exploded.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2019 12:59:55 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday3.htm

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2019 10:09:01 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

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=100852
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/fayday3.htm

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