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44-40170

B-24 Liberator

The original crew of LAMBSY DIVEY are listed below. They did their final training in this plane and flew it to England in 1944.

Standing (L-R)
George Cotnoir - Pilot
Sig Liebfeld - Co-Pilot
Waymond Baker - Navigator
Francisco Mercado, Jr. - Bombardier

Kneeling (L-R)
Chester Carr - Engineer
Peter Perhach - Radio Operator
Hassel Blaylock - Gunner
Andy Bouchard - Gunner
Morris R. "Ray" Counts - Gunner

The original crew were ordered to stand down after their many missions and another crew took over and that crew was lost to flak on 12 Sep 44.

The plane was lost to flak 12 Sep 44, with another crew.
Hit by flak and exploded 12 Sep 44 with loss of all the Robert Sparrow crew except gunner, Henry Morris, who was blown free and able to open his chute.

Service

Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Waymond Baker

    Military | 491st Bomb Group

  • Fletcher Barnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Hannover on 9/12/44 in B-24 Lambsy-Divey #4440170 Air Medal; Purple Heart

  • Hassel Blaylock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    RTD Had mechanical failure and ditched in channel on 7/21/44 in B-24 42-51218.

  • Andrew Bouchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    RTD Had mechanical failure and ditched in channel on 7/21/44 in B-24 42-51218.

  • Chester Carr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    RTD Had mechanical failure and ditched in channel on 7/21/44 in B-24 42-51218

  • Chester Carr

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer B-24 | 491st Bomb Group
    Chester Carr served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. He was part of the original group and the Engineer aboard the B-24 Lambsey Divey 491st Bomb Group flying many bombing missions over France and Germany. He and his crew stood down when the Lambsey...

  • George Cotnoir

    Military | 491st Bomb Group

  • Morris Counts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    RTD Had mechanical failure and ditched in channel on 7/21/44 in B-24 42-51218.

  • Wayne Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 491st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Hannover on 9/12/44 in B-24 'Lambsy-Divey' #44-40170, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Merrill Jenkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 491st Bomb Group

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Places

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2020 00:21:41 Jazzkids Changes to description
Sources

family records of Chester Carr, Engineer on B-24 Lambsey Divey

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2016 05:12:28 dmercado55 Changes to nicknames
Sources

David Mercado

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 17:47:57 Timothy McKeown Changes to media associations
Sources

C. Timothy McKeown

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 01:09:44 Timothy McKeown Changes to nicknames and place associations
Sources

Ringmasters: The 491st Bombardment Group (H). Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co. (1992)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8859 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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