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Monument Crash B-24 Liberator 42-78322

On the monument:

August 3rd 1944 eight B24 Liberator Heavy Bombers of the 15th USAAF, based at Pantanella in southern Italy, were shot down by fighters of the German Air Force over the area of the Fernpass, one of which crashed 200m. north of the Lermoos Village Church. This B24 was from the 465 Bomber Group. 782 Bomber Squadron. From these eight Aircraft crewed by 79 airmen, 30 lost their lives on this day.

This was the only bomber where not one crew member was able to rescue himself by parachute.

Crew of the Lermoos crash Serial Nr. 42-78322

Pilot: Capt. Jack M. FAIVER Killed in action
Co-Pilot : 2nd Lt. James W. THORNTON Killed in Action
Navigator : 2nd Lt. Richard E. THOMAS Killed in action
Bombardier : 2nd Lt. Leonard S. COX Killed in action
Engineer : T/Sgt Ralph P. SEHNERT Killed in action
Radio-op : T/Sgt Edwin E. NOLEN Killed in action
Gunner: S/Sgt Frank PERRONE Killed in action
Gunner: S/Sgt James R. ADAMS Killed in action
Gunner: S/Sgt William W. BRODERICK Killed in action
Gunner: S/Sgt Henry P. EGERTON Killed in action

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Source

  • Text: Mark Meijer
  • Photos: Mark Meijer