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42-51523

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg. Major J Floore, Capt Harry Gruener, 1Lt J Harrington [WIA], Capt R White, 2Lt K Eisele Jr, 1Lt T Steph, 1Lt C Kline, T/Sgt P Golden, T/Sgt W Tipton, S/Sgt C Trone Jr, S/Sgt A Chipman Jr, S/Sgt H Busse Jr. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden 17-Jan-45. 11 x INT, 1 x WIA [Subsequently died of wounds]. MACR 11742.

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Busse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • Albert Chipman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523.

  • Karl Eisele

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Pathfinder Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Initially on B-24 42-95024, the “Gypsy Queen” piloted by Leo Baumann. After its crash, reassigned to other planes. On the 20th mission in January 1945, plane was hit by flak and landed in Sweden. Interned in Sweden until 8 May 1945. B-24 42-51523, the...

  • John Floore

    Military | Major | Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • Phil Golden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • Harry Gruener

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • John Harrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. Mortally wounded on mission, only member of crew hit. Landed in Sweden in B-24 42-51523 17-Jan-45. Wounded in Action (WIA), subsequently died of wounds in Swedish hospital 20-Jan-45. MACR 11742. ...

  • Charles Kline

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • Thomas Steph

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

  • Wenstel Tipton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    INT landed in Sweden on 17 Jan 45 in B-24 42-51523

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Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run Airport, 801 Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA 1944

Built at Consolidated.

Assigned Hardwick, Cambridge CB23, UK 1944

Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned Sweden 17 January 1945 – July 1945

Interned Sweden.

Crashed Sweden 17 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden 17-Jan-45. 11 x INT, 1 x WIA [Subsequently died of wounds]. MACR 11742.

Crashed Warton, Carnforth, UK 17 July 1945

Landing Accident Warton/Sta 582 Cat 4 damage Lt Francis E Kurtz, 17-Jul-45.

B-24J 42-51523 - BAD2 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2020 20:07:53 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Changes to description
Sources

Correcting misspelling of Gruener’s name, Aug 29, 2020.

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2018 01:06:06 GratefulSonOfFlierEisele Changes to nicknames
Sources

Myfather , Karl Eisele, Jr., was the bombadier/navigator on this plane when it was hit and crash landed in Sweden on 17 January, 1945

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 22:22:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46703817
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-51523&Submit6=Go
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-51523&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11742 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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