B-24 Liberator 42-63798

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 42 Loire   City  : Mably
Coordinates : 46°6'56"N 4°2'33"E.  46.11556 4.04250.  46°6.933 N 4°2.550 E

A sign on the side of the road.
NW on the N7 take the D27.1 north and then take the L'Epoux Ouest road north to Croix Jolinon. The monument is on the south side of the road.
B-24 Liberator, serial No. 42-63798.

An American B-24 Liberator was shot down in the night of 5th to 6th June 1944 by German AA fire, crashing in flames and exploding over the Brate forest (Mably township). The plane belonged to the 801st Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force based in England. It was on a resupply mission to the French underground. The eight crew members bailed out one by one from Chenay to Mably. Six of them evaded German patrols thanks to the courage of many of the local inhabitants. Two of them, wounded, were captured shortly thereafter. The crew was composed of: 2nd Lt Murray L Simon pilot escaped 1st Lt John B Mead bombardier smuggled to the underground 2nd Lt French M Russell copilot escaped 1st Lt John A Reitmeier navigator escaped TSgt Phillip B Latta radio escaped TSgt Leo E Dusmenil mechanic prisonner SSgt Graham S Hasty gunner prisonner SSgt Homer G Collier gunner escaped Lt John B Mead was rescued by Robert Lyon ("SOE Acolyte" cell) Enlisted in the Fragny underground, he would prove himself in the liberation of Rouen and Lyon.
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Notified by : Jean-Louis Delattre - Chercheur indépendant.
Photos : Jean-Louis Delattre - Chercheur indépendant.
Record added 01/03/2010 
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Sign B-24 Liberator 42-63798 Mably Loire (42)
Jean-Louis Delattre - Chercheur indépendant

Sign B-24 Liberator 42-63798 Mably Loire (42)
Jean-Louis Delattre - Chercheur indépendant