Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for 2nd Lieutenant Lee B Lithander of the 489th Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.
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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...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
Assigned to 847BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to propwash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bombers Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636.
Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to prop wash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bomber's Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Two crew from each ship parachuted...