Crash of B-24 Liberator 44-48966  MACR 12105

Crash of B-24 Liberator 44-48966 MACR 12105


Nickname "Jane"

Mission to Vienna rail yards

  • Vasasszonyfa, Hungary

The 460th Bomb Group, 760th Bomb Squadron of the Fifteenth Air Force was based at Spinazzola, Italy which was located in the south eastern part of the Italian boot. This temporary airfield was built in an olive grove and was home to the Consolidated B-24 Liberators and a base for strategic bombing of the eastern front.

On 13 February 1945, pilot 1st Lt. Roland Louis Guerin, Jr. and his crew of the B-24J-20 aircraft 44-48966, nicknamed “Jane,” began their ninth mission to the railroad yards at Vienna, Austria. Lt. Guerin was piloting Blue “C” in the #6 position of the lead group. During the bomb run, Lt. Guerin’s ship was hit by intense flak. Engine #1 was lost and later engine #2.  Guerin struggled to keep the shaking plane level but the aircraft lost altitude and dropped back some 10 miles falling below the clouds. The entire crew bailed out. After a spiraling decent, the plane crashed about two and one half kilometers northwest of Sklkoeveskut near Vasasszonyfa, Hungary.  When the crew failed to return to base, Missing Air Crew Report 12105.

All of the crew were captured and sent to the interrogation center at Oberusal. When the POWs were being transferred from Dulag Luft Wetzlar to Nuremburg, the boxcar they were riding in was strafed by an American P-51. 1st Lt. Guerin and Sgt. Henry G. Gebhardt were standing in the open boxcar door. Gebhardt was wounded in the thigh and later died on 2 March 1945 and buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery in France.

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