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Video and photographs of four memorials in Eastern England to seven lost planes.

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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...

  • 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...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron
  • 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • 790th Bomb Squadron
  • 791st Bomb Squadron
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People

  • Robert Adkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 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...

  • Louis Alier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    On return from mission to Hamm, Germany was followed by enemy and shot down over home base. see watts book, p74

  • 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...

  • John Biggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Hamburg in B-24 Wallowing Wilbert #4129421

  • 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.

  • Sylvio Dery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    On return from mission to Hamm, Germany was followed by enemy and shot down over home base. See Watts book, p74, (Crew #118-53 per SO#33)

  • 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...

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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.

  • 44-10513 'Old Glory'

    B-24 Liberator
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another 389th BG aircraft 42-50452 during formation assembly near Carleton Rode, on 21 November 1944.

  • 44-6570

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-P] Lavenham 15/10/44; ct fire on take off for Hannover with Bob Portsch; crashed Grove Fm, Pakefield, Sfk, UK; 2KIA 8 bailed; Salvaged.

  • 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....

  • 42-94811 Tommy Thumper II

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24H-FO 42-94811 'Tommy Thumper II' , 34th BG. Project Number 92537, 1944. Aircraft flew 41 missions from 23 May 1944 to 24 August 1944 with the 4th Bomb Squadron of the 34th Bomb Group out of Mendlesham. After the 34th BG transitioned to B-17s, the...

  • 44-40281 A Dog's Life

    B-24 Liberator
    A Dog's Life crashed on 13th February 1945 during a training mission, with the loss of all onboard crew. The crash is one of two recorded on the memorial plaque in Church Street, Old Catton, Norwich.

  • 42-52445

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot from the rear by ME-410 intruder aircraft that entered the landing pattern of returning ships. Crashed near Barsham, Suffolk. 7 crew killed. 3 gunners bailed out safely.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2017 09:46:18 Rob in Norwich Changes to person associations
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Connections added for the people named on the memorials featured in the video (with the exception of D R Bromer, named on the Carleton Rode memorial but not recorded in the archive).

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2017 09:19:21 Rob in Norwich Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Video produced and published by Rob Edwards

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