TM3989 : Memorial to the crew of B 24, Liberator, 42-52445, 22 April 1944

taken 9 years ago, near to Barsham, Suffolk, England

Memorial to the crew of B 24, Liberator, 42-52445, 22 April 1944
Memorial to the crew of B 24, Liberator, 42-52445, 22 April 1944
B24 Liberator, 42-52445, of 467 Bomb Group, 791st Bomb Squadron out of Rackheath, was shot down by an intruder 22/04/1944. (Night of the Intruders) LinkExternal link
Returning from bombing the railway marshalling yards at Hamm (Germany) the craft was shot at from the rear by ME-410 intruder aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 51, which had entered the landing pattern of returning aircraft.

The crew (killed):
Pilot; 1Lt., Stalie C. REID,
Co-pilot; 2Lt., Warren W. MASON,
Navigator; 2Lt., James G. FERGUSON,
Flight Engineer; T/Sgt., Sylvio L. DERY,
Radio Op. / Mech. / Gunner; T/Sgt., Walter W. KOVALENKO
Bombardier; 2Lt., Louis A. ALIER,
Gunner; Sgt., Edward W. HOKE,

These three gunners bailed out safely, two of whom were later killed in action.
Left Waist Gunner; S/Sgt., John H BIGGS bailed out to be KIA 06/08/1944
Right Waist Gunner; Sgt., George HAMILTON bailed out to be KIA 08/05/1944
Gunner; Sgt., Mervyn SHANK, bailed out and survived the war.

The Night of the Intruders, on 22nd April 1944 when American bombers suffered their highest ever loss to German intruders. The German bomber fighters followed the air armada home after the raid, picking individual bombers off on their return over Europe and then over England as the American force struggled to land.
Over a period of only twenty minutes, ten aircraft, nine of them B-24 Liberators, were shot down and 61 men killed for the loss of only two Me 410s.
Wartime aircraft crash Memorials

During the Second World War hundreds of aircrew were lost in accidents while training, landing, taking off or attempting to get back to their base with a badly damaged aircraft.
By creating this shared description and collecting them into one place I will not only pay tribute to the men who lost their lives in the line of duty but hopefully give some scale to the cost in lives.
These are just the ones who have a memorial; there are hundreds more who have no memorial or were lost at sea. They should not be forgotten. Their lives were equally precious.
In Honour of those who served and in Memory of those who fell.

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This photo is linked from: Articles: · East Anglia World War Two Aircrew Crash Memorials Automatic Clusters: · Memorial to the Crew of a B24 [4] Other Photos: · War Memorials at Barsham near Beccles ·
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 18 April, 2020
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 39478 89483 [1m precision]
WGS84: 52:27.0463N 1:31.3743E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3947 8948
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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