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41-28688

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 missions flown. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, engine #2, #1 and #4 failed in that order meaning A/C could not maintain formation or altitude. Crew baled out around Freiburg. 8 x POW, 2 x KIA. MACR 4362.

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. ...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 578th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4362. Chute seen by crew to open...

  • Quentin Coyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • Eugene Gallup

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4362. Awards: PH.

  • John Griel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • Travis Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • James Hankins

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • John Kelly

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • Charles Mikalian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

  • Clarence Parr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4362. ...

  • James Peters

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, B-24 41-28688 could not maintain formation or altitude. Baled out around Freiburg. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4362. ...

Places

  • Wendling

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Wendling, Dereham NR19, UK 8 March 1944 – 24 April 1944

Assigned to 578BS, 392BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Freiburg, Germany 24 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Leipheim, due to mechanical failure, engine #2, #1 and #4 failed in that order meaning A/C could not maintain formation or altitude. Crew baled out around Freiburg. 8 x POW, 2 x KIA. MACR 4362.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2016 17:02:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28688&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28637421
http://www.b24.net/aircraft/disposit.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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