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42-52764

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 8th AF USAAF. Named after LSU's mascot Mike the Tiger, as its regular pilot Lt Alfred Sanders was a former track star at the Louisiana State University. Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Luztkendorf, Germany. Hit by Flak and abandoned, 5 x EVD, 5 x POW. 28-May-44. MACR 5390.

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. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 832nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Kozulak

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW

  • John Lawrence

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW

  • Louis Lujan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW

  • Fred Morley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Four missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory.

  • Daniel O'Connell

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Evaded. Hidden by the Belgium people, liberated in September, 1944 by the American Army. Awards: WWII Victory.

  • Alfred Sanders

    Military | Major | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Named his A/C after LSU's mascot Mike the tiger, as he was a former track star at Louisiana State University. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Evaded. Hidden by the Belgium people, liberated in September, 1944 by the...

  • James Sizemore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Evaded. Hidden by the Belgium people, liberated in September, 1944 by the American Army.

  • Autley Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Fellow Louisiana State University Alumni, influential in the naming of Lt Alfred Sanders B-24 ...

  • Robert Swaffield

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory.

  • Thomas Zoebelein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-24 #42-52764 'Mike, Spirit of LSU', Evaded (EVD). Lived with Belgian Underground from May till September 1944. Awards: WWII Victory.

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Places

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Sudbury, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10, UK 1944

Assigned to 832nd Bomb Squadron, 486th Bomb Group, 8th AF USAAF.

Crashed 06567 Bad Frankenhausen, Germany 28 May 1944 – 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Luztkendorf, Germany. Hit by Flak and abandoned, 5 x EVD, 5 x POW. 28-May-44. MACR 5390.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2016 09:40:04 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-52764&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28651315
Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU By David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C. C. Lockwood

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 17:08:44 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-52764&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28651315
Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU By David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C. C. Lockwood

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2016 14:54:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-52764&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28651315
Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU By David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C. C. Lockwood

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5390 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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