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42-94905

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France with Edwin Florcyk crew 24-Jul-44; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. 1 x EVD, 10 x KIA MACR 7915

Eye witness reported direct hit to bomb bay, causing initial fire, folloed by explosion after wings folded. crew ejected, 1 x chute noted.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 846th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Deats

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Virgil Deyo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 ...

  • Edwin Florcyk

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: PH.

  • Albert Kapnick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Bob Lovely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • William Lowther

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Eugene Moss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Harry Pomles

    Military | First Lieutenant | 846th Squadron squadron navigator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 ...

  • Gilbert Roberts

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group
    Enlisted in regular army cavalry at Fort Riley Jan-39. Transferred to field artillery in Dec-39, going to Hawaii as corporal with 52nd Field Artillery, at Fort Shaffer, Hawaii. Was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii when the Japanese bombed that post and...

  • George Scofield

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France in B-24 42-94905 'Censored'; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 7915 Awards: PH.

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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
Manufactured Ford aircraft, Ypsilanti, MI 1943

Built at Ford.

Assigned Halesworth, UK 1944

Assigned to 846BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Saint-Lô, France 24 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) St. Lo, France with Edwin Florcyk crew 24-Jul-44; shot down by flak and crashed near St Lo. 1 x EVD, 10 x KIA MACR 7915

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2021 10:06:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28663797
http://www.b24bestweb.com/censored-v2-1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/censored-v2-2.htm

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

MACR 7915 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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