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42-95120

B-24 Liberator

Previously named Betty and Stinky, the Hookem Cow crashed shortly after takeoff, with 5 crew killed, 2 wounded. These men were the last casualties of the 458th Bomb Group.

Service

Units

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lewis Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane crashed on takeoff. B-24 #4295120 'Hookem Cow'

  • Ralph Bonner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Rex Brudos crew. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Rex Brudos

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Grant Conant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Rex Brudos. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herschel Dailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Fred Eisert

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    1Lt Fred J. Eisert and his crew arrived at Horsham St. Faith on September 11, 1944, just as the group was coming off of combat operations for a month in order to ferry gasoline to Patton’s army in France. The crew flew their first mission on October 5...

  • Joseph Galterio

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-24 #4295120 'Hookem Cow'

  • Robert Gellock

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Michael Lavonsky

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    WIA. Plane crashed on takeoff. B-24 #4295120 'Hookem Cow'

  • Albert Lind

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose turret gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Hainford, Norfolk 14 April 1945

Crashed shortly after takeoff, with 5 crew killed, 2 wounded.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2015 18:12:15 usxpat Changes to description, events and place associations
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Previously noted.

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 10:17:27 usxpat Changes to place associations
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reinstating a dropped place connection

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 16:47:40 usxpat Changes to description
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usxpat

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 16:46:36 usxpat Changes to place associations
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usxpat

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 17:23:46 usxpat Changes to media associations
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458.com

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 17:20:54 usxpat Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
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458.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15355 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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