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41-29387

B-24 Liberator

The B-24H, named SNAFU Snark, was an original 466th Bomb Group airplane. It flew combat missions from March 24, 1944 through August 8, 1944 when it crash landed at Manston emergency airfield, Kent, on it's return from a mission to Clastres, France. It's fuel cells were changed, and extensive battle damage was repaired. The repairs were completed on Sep 17, 1944. It flew no more combat missions and was converted to a CB-24H and is recorded as salvaged by BAD 3, Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland, Nov 11, 1944.

Service

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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Beattie

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Dennis Beavers

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Carroll Bogard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Brooks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    St. Dizier, France 24 Mar 1944; Brunswick, Germany 8 April 1944; Hamm, Germany 22 April 1944; Leipheim, Germany 24 April 1944; Paderborn, Germany 26 April 1944; Siracourt, France 27 April 1944; Mimoyecque, France 28 April 1944; Liege, France 1 May 1944...

  • Vito Calderalo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Malcolm Dike

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Leroy Guidroz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Howard Hershey

    Military | Corporal | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Francis Holeva

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. RTD.

  • John Hubley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. RTD.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 530

    8 August 1944

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
First 466th BG Combat Mission 52100 Saint-Dizier, France 24 March 1944
Crash landed/Salvaged Manston, Ramsgate CT12 5BB, UK 8 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2021 12:14:06 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Changed first part of aircraft name, SNAFU, to lower case letters. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 13:52:39 Emily Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 11:40:31 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - SNAFU SNARK

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2020 04:14:50 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2018 22:44:27 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

"Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2018 22:40:18 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 15:26:52 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 01:26:11 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, person associations and place associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7381 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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