Skip to main content

The wreck of a B-24 Liberator of the 93rd Bomb Group that crashed on take off near Aldeburgh, 19 December 1944. Image via Glenn Tessmer, 93rd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: '19/12/44 Aldeburgh, Norfolk, crash on t/o.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crash site. Taken about 1 hour after crash. Mission was then scrubbed. Just off end of south runway. Lead aircraft 93BG at Hardwick, Eng. Probably Dec 15-23, 1944. Note weather! The exact date of the crash can be verified in 2nd A.D/ news letters. I can't find it at this time. The C.O. (Col. Bannand?) said at the next A.M. Briefing that a eng. failed on T.O. - they could hear engg. backfiring on the T.O. roll as they stood on the tower deck. Note the weather! I doubt it was 300' Forward viz. We were (I think) #3 to go and as a result got our aircraft back to parking area quickly - thus I was able to get to crash site just after the crash.' Note added 26 December 2015 : The date was 19 December 1944 and the A/C Serial is # 42-50597 (93rd BG / 409th BS)

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The wreck of a B-24 Liberator of the 93rd Bomb Group that crashed on take off near Aldeburgh, 19 December 1944. Image via Glenn Tessmer, 93rd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: '19/12/44 Aldeburgh, Norfolk, crash on t/o.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crash site. Taken about 1 hour after crash. Mission was then scrubbed. Just off end of south runway. Lead aircraft 93BG at Hardwick, Eng. Probably Dec 15-23, 1944. Note weather! The exact date of the crash can be verified in 2nd A.D/ news letters. I can't find it at this time. The C.O. (Col. Bannand?) said at the next A.M. Briefing that a eng. failed on T.O. - they could hear engg. backfiring on the T.O. roll as they stood on the tower deck. Note the weather! I doubt it was 300' Forward viz. We were (I think) #3 to go and as a result got our aircraft back to parking area quickly - thus I was able to get to crash site just after the crash.'

Connections

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 756

    19 December 1944

Locations

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2015 14:33:21 ED-BB Changes to caption, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Linked to Media photo

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:31:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Share