George W SHARMAN

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBERO-697741
AGE22 yo
DATE OF BIRTH--
STATEWyomissing, PENNSYLVANIA
FAMILY--
RANK2nd Lieutenant
FONCTIONBomber
JOB before ENLISTEMENT--PENNSYLVANIA
DATE of ENLISTEMENT--
SQUADRON862nd Bomber Squadron
GROUP493rd Bomber Group, Heavy
"Heltons Hellcats"
ARMY8th Air Force
DATE OF DEATH6 june 1944sharman george tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHGiraumont
Compiègne
DATA PLAN

Liberator B-24 N° 42-94789 et le surnom « Moby Dick »

Take-Off Station 152 Debah Suffolk UK

Mission: Bombing of Lisieux (14)

Air collision at 11,000 feet with the B-24 44-40471 Cpt Jack COOPER at 10:28(Macr 5485)

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY from St James

Map Brittany American Cemetery

GRAVE
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Air MedalPhoto FDLM
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STORY

----- was a crew member on a B-24 Liberator was part of the fleet with the No. 42-94789 and the nickname "Moby Dick"

These aircraft participated in the first mission of the 862nd squadron of heavy bombers called "Hellcats Heltons" . This first mission, which took place June 6, 1944 was to the bombing of Lisieux (France), but the clouds were so thick that the Liberators could not drop their bombs and had to turn back with their loads.

At about 10:28, at 11 000 feet above the English Channel, the "Moby Dick" collided with another B-24 Liberator called "No love No Nothin 'No. 44-40471 which had apparently struck the tail of "Moby Dick". Both planes have disappeared in the clouds and have sunk in the sea. This is Lieutenant Donald Russell who piloted the B-24 in which Kenneth was Lebl browser. The 10 crew members perished in the crash. In the "No Love No Nothin", 9 men were killed and one was captured.

Crew  B24 Liberator - Type J s/n 42-94789 Carré X

"Moby Dick"

1Lt Donald L RUSSELL Pilot Detroit MICHIGAN

Dead

MIA

American Cemetery St James

Wall of Missing

2nd Lieutenant Lester J PAVEL Copilot Solon IOWA
2nd Lieutenant Kenneth E LEBL Navigator Chicago ILLINOIS
2nd Lieutenant George W SHARMAN Bomber Wyomissing PENNSYLVANIA
T/Sergeant Roscoe E WILSON Radio Tyler TEXAS
S/Sergeant Billy M HOLLINGSWORTH Mecanic TEXAS
Sergeant William Horace SMITH Gunner Russellville ALABAMA
Sergeant Dallas L KINCAID Gunner A Hastings NEBRASKA
Sergeant Tony CADDELL Gunner V Dallas TEXAS
Sergeant Charles M BUJTOR Jr Gunner S Cleveland OHIO
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INFORMATION SOURCESFrancecrashes39-45.net
PICTURE SOURCEFrédéric LAVERNHE - Rollofhonour.airport.gg
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud