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42-94826

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr airfield, France. A/C sustained severe damage from flak whilst attacking the target. The only operable controls were one rudder and elevator. The pilots and crew managed to nurse the aircraft back to the British Coast. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the aircraft crashed at Park Farm near Arundel in West Sussex. Crew baled 7 x RTD, 2 x MIA[ later KIA ] 1 x KIA. MACR 7550.

Service

Units

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 844th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Crowther

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 killed in crash Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7550. Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Foley

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out, second man out, landing in channel, pulled out by launch Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • D Henderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out, landing in channel, pulled out by launch Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Holoka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 killed in crash Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7550. Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Herbert King

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out landing on the beach. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Montgomery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr airfield, France. A/C sustained severe damage from flak whilst attacking the target. The only operable controls were one rudder and elevator. Nursed back to the British Coast...

  • Richard Rodriguez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out landing 1 mile inland from coast. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Aaron Roper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out, first man out, landing in channel, pulled out by launch Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Sumner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out, last man out, landing 1 mile inland from coast. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Pearl Toothman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to St Cyr, France in B-24 42-94826 bailed out landing in channel, pulled out by launch Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 7550. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Arundel BN18, UK 22 June 1944 – 22 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to St Cyr airfield, France. A/C sustained severe damage from flak crashed at Park Farm near Arundel in West Sussex. Crew baled. 7 x RTD, 2 x MIA[ later KIA ] 1 x KIA. MACR 7550.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2017 14:19:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-94826&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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