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Herbert George Cross


Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF. Customer of Freckleton snack bar, killed by crash of B-24J #42-50291 'Classy Chassis II'. Died non Battle (DNB)

Awards: GC, PH


Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • Maintenance Division (Base Air Depot 2)


  • 42-50291 Classy Chassis II

    B-24 Liberator
    Classy Chassis II was one of two refurbished B-24 heavy bombers, being made ready for delivery when it departed Base Air Depot 2 (BAD2) at Warton on a test flight. ...

Associated Place

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

  • Freckleton

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Bristol, Sullivan County, TN 18 July 1913

Son of Geo A Cross.

Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 12 February 1942

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Based Warton 1944 – 23 August 1944

Assigned to 2BAD, 8AF USAAF.

Died Freckleton, UK 23 August 1944

Customer of Freckleton snack bar, killed by crash of B-24J 42-50291 'Classy Chassis II'. Died non Battle (DNB)

Buried 25 August 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Buried Shelby Hills Cemetery Bristol, Sullivan County, TN August 1948

Shelby Hills Cemetery
Bristol, Sullivan County, TN


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 20:09:32 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2019 16:14:49 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations