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42-7733

B-24 Liberator

In December 1943 Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group flew B-24H-5-FO (42-7733) “LAKI-NUKI” via the southern route from Florida to Seething, England. On the flight to England from Marrakech, North Africa bad weather and Germans jamming radio communications led to an attempt to land at a German-held airfield in the Brest Peninsula of France. The aircraft received severe damage from enemy flak and the Co-pilot 2nd Lt. Irwin Litman was wounded. Pilot 2nd Lt. Ayrest and the crew were able to land the aircraft at Preddannack, Cornwall. “LAKI-NUKI” caught fire after landing and was destroyed.

Service

Units

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Aucker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Harold L. Aucker was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Robert Ayrest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Robert C. Ayrest was born on April 21, 1921. His hometown was Inglewood, California. His wife was Mary L. Ayrest, two sons Robert Claud and Howard Donald, and a brother Alan. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at UCLA. ...

  • Robert Bass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Robert V. Bass was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Robert Boberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Irwin Litman was the Co-pilot of Crew 5 when they left Marrakesh, North Africa on a ferry flight to Cornwall, England aboard B24H (42-7733) "LAKI-NUKI" on 12 Dec 1943. Bad weather led to an attempt to land at Kerlin/Bastard a/f on the Brest...

  • Frank Boula

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Frank E. Boula was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Joseph Chioda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Joseph A. Chioda was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Irvin Litman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Irwin Litman was the Co-pilot of Crew 5 in the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. In December 1943 Crew 5 flew B-24H-5-FO (42-7733) “LAKI-NUKI” via the southern route from Florida to Seething, England. During the flight to England from...

  • Edward Odiorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Edward A. Odiorne was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

  • Edward Schroeder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Edward N. Schroeder was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group who flew with B-24H-5-FO (42-7733) “LAKI-NUKI” via the southern route from Florida to Seething, England in December 1943. On the flight from Marrakech, North...

  • Leonard Snell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt. Leonard J. Snell was a member of Crew 5 of the 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group. On 10 Feb 1944 Crew 11 of the 712th Bomb Squadron was the scheduled to fly "Boomerang" (42-52132) when they told to stand down and that Crew 5 would be flying...

Places

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 20:13:33 dmccullo Changes to description
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Updated biography.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2021 06:59:22 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
17 March 2021 19:39:01 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Updated connections.

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2020 01:57:19 dmccullo Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
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Added B-24H-5-FO (42-7733) “LAKI-NUKI”.

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