B-24 H 'OMIAKINBAK' Combat Loss Relic Display
Limited edition wall hanging display pairing Ron Cole's original painting of B-24H 'OMIAKINBAK' and an actual piece of aluminum from this World War II combat veteran aircraft with full history! Signed and numbered.
B-24H 42-64481 'OMIAKINBAK' 741st BS / 455th BG 1st Lt. Ralph M. Chadwick
Consolidated B-24H-CF-10 Liberator serial number 42-64481 was one of the first American bomber shot down over Moravia. The machine belonged to the 455th BG / 741st BS. On July 7, 1944 it was bombing an oil refinery in Upper Silesia (now Zdieszovitze). The aircraft was damaged by ground fire while returning from this mission and its entire crew escaped by parachute. The aircraft, however, crashed in a meadow near the village Petřkovice (dist. Novy Jicin). All nine crew members were detained together in Stalag Luft III at Sagan until the end of the war.
Parts of 'OMIAKINBAK' were excavated in 2012.
Pilot 1st Lt. Ralph M. Chadwick Co-pilot 2nd Lt. David HR Loughrie bombardier 1st Lt. John N. Grimm Radio Operator-upper gunner T / Sgt Philip J. Daly Leading scorer S / Sgt Sol D. Shindler Mechanic-shooter T / Sgt Norman M. Steinhauser Mechanik- shooter S / Sgt Horace R. Anderson bottom shooter S / Sgt William A.Delaney rear gunner S / Sgt Adrian L. Earl
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