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MACR 8428
42-52597
"Lady Lightning"
466th BG | 787th BS
15 Aug 1944

Connections

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner

  • Edward Dobran

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597 POW

  • William Gatlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 #42-52597 'Lady Lighting' POW

  • Frederick Gerritz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Evadee. Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597 Evaded Capture

  • Arthur Palladino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597 POW

  • Emile Piazza

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Lady Lightning' #42-52597

  • Mervin Ransom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Mervin Ransom served as a Co-Pilot with the 466th Bomb Group from Attlebridge. On 15 August 1944, he was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) when his B-24 'Lady Lightning', serial number 42-52597, was shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck.

  • Jerome Samburg

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

  • Lowell Stiles

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

  • John Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

Aircraft

  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, F:L, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

Locations

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2020 19:37:07 Brad Sullivan Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA: Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs)

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