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41-28606

B-24 Liberator

An original cadre ship acquired 27-Oct-43 and assigned to Pickard’s crew who flew her overseas in Dec-43. The ship with Pickard’s crew aboard was downed over Mostar, Yugoslavia, on 14-Jan-44. She was hit by bombs dropped from another B-24 overhead in the formation. 2 x POW, 9 x KIA. MACR 2070.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 449th Bomb Group

    449th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was constituted as 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona.[2] its original components were the 716th,[3] 717th,[4] 718th,[5] and 719th Bombardment Squadrons.[6] ...

  • 718th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bach

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • Don Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Nose turret gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • John Gegoulis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • George Halzel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • Robert Hansen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2070 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME..

  • Theodore Henze

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

  • Charles La Marca

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2070 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Daniel Mahoney

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gunner | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 3 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH

  • Robert McEldowney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Alvin Perlberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 449th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Mostar, Yugo 14-Jan-44 in B-24 41-28606; A/C hit by bombs form A/C above. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2070 Awards: PH.

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Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Grottaglie, Italy 1943

Assigned to 718BS, 449BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Mostar, Yugoslavia 14 January 1944

Struck by bombs dropped from another B-24 overhead in the formation. 2 x POW, 9 x KIA. MACR 2070.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2020 16:50:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28713652
https://449th.com/41-28606/
Those Who Flew By Virginia Priefert

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