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41-29128

B-24 Liberator

One of the original B-24H of the 704th Bomb Squadron, "Lady Luck" completed 49 successful missions and claimed to have even shot down a fighter. She was part of the 446th Bomb Group and was based at Station 125, Bungay, Suffolk.
Hit by Flak on mission to Cologne, Germany 15 October 1944 and exploded and crashed in emergency landing at Saint-Trond airfield, Belgium. Pilot that day was Glen E. Rowe (killed in the crash); Co-Pilot James H. Royer Jr; Bombardier Irving Siegel; Navigator James H. Hedren; Engineer William L. Hendricks; Right Waist Gunner Leroy L. Weese. Radio Operator Frank J. Janik and Tail Gunner Luchous L. Howington were also killed.

Service

Units

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Hedren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    James Hedren was Navigator on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond,...

  • William Hendricks

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • Luchous Howington

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Luchous Howington was Tail Gunner on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on return from the raid, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the...

  • Frank Janik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator Frank Janik had been awarded the Air Medal for taking part in bombing raids over Berlin, Brunswick, and other war production centers in Germany and also over the Invasion coast and Nazi communication centers of France with the 704th...

  • Glen Rowe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Glen Rowe was Pilot of B-24 #41-29128 on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany. Hit by Flak on return from the raid, the pilot tried to force-land the badly damaged ship at the Saint-Trond, Belgium, airfield. It exploded and Rowe and two...

  • James Royer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    James Royer was Co-Pilot on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint-Trond...

  • Irving Siegel

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • William Simmons

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    20 November 1943 accident in B24 ÒStormy WeatherÓ #41-29160 on a local formation flight. All 11 on board returned.

  • Leroy Weese

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Leroy Weese was Right Waist Gunner on the 15 October 1944 mission to Cologne/Köln, Germany, on board B-24 #41-29128 with the Glen Rowe crew. Hit by Flak on the return flight, the badly damaged bomber crashed in an emergency landing attempt at the Saint...

Missions

  • 678

    15 October 1944

Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Emergency crash-landing 15 October 1944

Damaged by Flak on the Cologne/Köln mission. Exploded in an attempt at emergency landing, crashed Saint-Trond airfield, Belgium. Pilot Rowe and 2 other men killed. Five others survived. The plane was considered damaged beyond repair and was later decommissioned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 12:57:18 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

Corrected typos in Biography

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 09:25:24 ED-BB Changes to description, events, person associations and mission associations
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Made research on the names of the men on board on 15 October 1944 and listed at http://www.b24bestweb.com/ladyluck-v7-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 11:34:04 jrugman Changes to description
Sources

Page 27, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 11:31:13 jrugman Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Page 27, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 19:05:34 Bill Morris Changes to description
Sources

www.aviationarchaeology.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 18:55:49 Bill Morris Changes to media associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 02:31:50 Bill Morris Changes to unit associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 01:22:56 Bill Morris Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

B-24 Nose Art Name Directory by Wallace R. Forman via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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