461st plaque

461st Bombardment Group (H)

764th Crews 765th Crews 766th Crews 767th Crews

Ahlberg - #42 Barcus - #123 Barnes - #53 Barnhart - #59 Bauman - #44 Baumann - #46 Bigelow - #54 Bontempo - #1/26 Boyd - #44R Bridges - #5/5 Brothers - #41 Chester - #9/1 Coates - #96- Coleman - #58- Conner - #4/7 Courtney - #50R Curtis - #152 DeSpain - #57-0 Donovan - #45 Dunn - #54-1 Edwards - #40 Ehrlich - #45R Falkner - #8/29 Farnham - #42R Fawcett - #50 Fernsten - #49R Fink - #9/22 Friedersdorf - #8/28 Garner - #50-1 Guyton - #10/8 Hall - #6232 Hatem - #4/16-9 Hesser - #56 Holmes - #47 Hooper - #12/12 Hoskins - #124 Hutchison - #102 Jehli - #42-1 Kassian - #57R1 Kuhlman - 52R LaRock - #1/30 Ledendecker - #4/6 MacDougall - #41 Mahlum - #1/6 Malvin McKee - #154 Merkouris - #49-7 Miller - #10/23 Misius - #56R Moses - #7/25-1 Mowery - #49 Nixon - #42 O'Neal - #10/31 Pearce - #55R Philips - #8/22 Ray - #58-0 Ridenour - #3/3 Roberts - #52R Robertson - #48 Seeman - #43 Settle - #55 Shaw - #43-1 Sidovar - #10/16-1 Simon - #53 Sobieski - #8/22 Sterret - #7/12 Tebbens - #3/12 Thomas - #46R Townsley - #58-2 Trier - #55-1 Vahldieck - #1/30 Vanderhoeven - #50-1 Ward - #53-2 Webb - #6781 Webb - #8/28 Wiemann - #6413 Wilson - #44-1 Wilson - #52 Wood - #51 Wren - #7/23 Wright - #52-1 Yetter - #56R Zive - #59-0

Bigelow - #54

MACR #5041

Bigelow crew #54

Standing L-R: Rudsill, Edwin A. (E); Bigelow, Robert S. (P); Dyment, Robert K. (CP); Fisher, Floyd E. (N); Muller, William J. (B)

Kneeling L-R: Hourican, John M. (G); Tarpey, Joseph P. (RO); Caron, Frank P. (?); Lane, Robert G. (TG); Paccione, Michael T. (E)

461st Bomb Group 766th Crew 54

Aircraft B-24 “H” Liberator Serial # 42-52405 Olive Drab 

The aircraft was shot down (apparently by flak) on 24 May 1944 over the target of Wiener Neustadt, Germany (Austria), and the aircraft’s crash occurred near Sigless.  Weather was cloudy and the group made a first pass with no bombs dropped due to visibility.  The bombing group decided to make a 2nd pass thru the flak field.  Including Robert G. Lane, 4 were killed on this flight.  The other 6 moved back to the states after the war - four of whom have recently passed away while 2 appear to be living as of 18 June 2002.