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42-7583

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, France; bombs released through closed bomb bay doors, part of which became jammed in tail controls causing A/C to crash SE of Ptay,France 23-May-44. 10 x KIA MACR 5251

Crew: Lt James C. Blackwood, Lt Harold W. Turner, Lt Hugh R. Hunter, T/Sgt Chris M Chism, T/Sgt Herbert E. Shafer, T/Sgt Carl P. Gochnauer, S/Sgt Murray G. Glanzrock, S/Sgt Chris Mosckou Jr, S/Sgt Henry A. Popiolek, Sgt Joseph R. Markus

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. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 707th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Blackwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 23-May-44 in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Christopher Chism

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Murray Glanzrock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 ...

  • Carl Gochnauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 ...

  • Hugh Hunter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 ...

  • Joseph Markus

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: PH.

  • Chris Mosckou

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Henry Popiolek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: PH.

  • Herbert Shafer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 ...

  • Harold Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 ...

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run, Ypsilanti, MI 1944

Built at Ford.

Assigned Bungay, UK 1944

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Ptay, France 23 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, France; bombs released through closed bomb bay doors, part of which became jammed in tail controls causing A/C to crash SE of Ptay, France 23-May-44. 10 x KIA MACR 5251

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2020 12:17:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28653097

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 5251 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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