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42-50511

B-24 Liberator

This plane was piloted by Lt Frazee and co-pilot Captain Edward Appel on its last mission on 5 September 1944. Its target was the Marshalling yards near Karlsruhe. It was flying deputy lead and on formation instruments nearly all the way. Just before reaching the IP they broke into the clear. They had just started the bomb run when the 88s hit. The plane took a big hit to the right wing and its two right engines were knocked out. The rudder cables were also cut, they had no turbos, and the fuel cells were ruptured. The windshield had come in and gas was flowing. They managed to turn around using the ailerons, but lost altitude fast. They salvoed the bombs and anything else loose, but could not make it to the American lines. The crew bailed out and the plane crashed near Surbourg, France. Two men died because of chute failure (Bombardier Charles W. Davis and Assistant Navigator Theodore E. Rachel); one man successfully evaded (Co-Pilot Edward W. Appel); two others managed to evade capture until they were arrested (Radio Operator/Gunner Maynard A. Latten and Tail Gunner Curtis E. Hodges, killed by the Germans on 25 November 1944); seven men were captured and were Prisoners of War (POWs) : Pilot Kenneth E. Frazee, 1st Navigator Charles R. Steinforth, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Louis J. Trosclair, Observer Paul C. Andersen, Right Waist Gunner Raymond H. Keller, Left Waist Gunner George B. Steele and the other Assistant Navigator William C. Beasley. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 8599.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Captain | Observer | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...

  • William Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511 on 9/5/44

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Frazee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Was Pilot of B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. MACR 8599.

  • Curtis Hodges

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed Near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Raymond Keller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

  • Maynard Latten

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Theodore Rachel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surbug in B-24 #4250511

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Missions

  • 605

    5 September 1944

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Surbourg, France 5 September 1944

Crashed between Surbourg and Soultz-sous-Forêts, about 15km Northeast of Haguenau, Alsace, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2018 16:35:24 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8599

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 14:35:12 jpendolino Changes to description
Sources

Juliann Pendolino

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 14:21:01 jpendolino Changes to media associations
Sources

Juliann Pendolino

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8599 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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