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All Saints Church, Carleton Rode, Norfolk

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Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

People

  • Eldridge Amburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Killed when his aircraft crashed and burned on return from Magdeburg at Bury's Hall Farm, Carleton Rode, 100 yards from the runway, in full view of all those who daily came to "sweat them in", following a mid-air collision with 42-95102, Spirit of...

  • Donald Bremer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Walter Brewer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Bucher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Earle Check

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24 AC 42-50703 'Worry Bird'. Mid-air collision on formup.

  • Edward Erker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Killed when his aircraft crashed and burned on return from Magdeburg at Bury's Hall Farm, Carleton Rode, 100 yards from the runway, in full view of all those who daily came to "sweat them in", following a mid-air collision with 42-95102, Spirit of...

  • John Eubank

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed when his aircraft crashed and burned on return from Magdeburg at Bury's Hall Farm, Carleton Rode, 100 yards from the runway, in full view of all those who daily came to "sweat them in", following a mid-air collision with 42-95102, Spirit of...

  • Elden Forster

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid air collision during formation assembly in B-24 44-10513 ’Old Glory’ crashed Carleton Rode 21-Nov-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Julius Heitler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    It was known in the family that Julius enlisted when he was 17, needing his parents' permission to do so. Three months before his death, he wrote to his sister Sylvia: "I’ve started flying but as yet I haven’t told Mom & Pop. Please don’t tell them...

  • Carl Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal mid-air collision with B-24 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, 21-Nov-44. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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Aircraft

  • 42-50703 Worry Bird

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed on 9 February 1945 at Bury's Hall Farm, Carleton Rode, 100 yards from the runway at Old Buckenham after a mid-air collision with SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME (42-95102) which landed without crashing.

  • 42-50452 'Earthquake McGoon'

    B-24 Liberator
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another 389th BG aircraft 44-10513 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21 November 1944. The pilot of EARTHQUAKE MCGOON on this day was Lt. Alfred Brooks. Brooks was the only survivor from his aircraft....

Locations

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Carleton Rode

    Crash site

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 15:27:12 usxpat Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Photo taken 12 July 2013, Gary Atkins

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