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Photos of William Zumsteg's B-24 Liberator Airplane Crash in World War II

Photos of the B-24 Liberator Crash of William Zumsteg's Airplane in World War II. Historical Exhibit Research by John Bybee.

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Recovered Pieces of the B-24 Liberator
 

Col. Gallien has passed away,
I'll ask Lee Cook how old the photo is.

Here's a scan of the metal, fabric and plexiglass pieces
from Lt. William H. Zumsteg's B-24H-1-CF 41-29169 recovered from Manzanar, CA. 
Zumsteg's B-24 lost in a storm and low on fuel made a downwind night crash landing there on 5 December 1943.  Four months later, following a midair collision, Zumsteg and his crew were KIA on 2 April 1944 over Bihac, Yugoslavia .  I have a draft of an article detailing these events.

 

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William H. Zumsteg's B-24 Liberator Airplane Crash

William H. Zumsteg's B-24 Liberator Airplane Crash
Zumsteg's B-24 lost in a storm and low on fuel made a downwind night crash landing there on 5 December 1943.

William H. Zumsteg's Crashed Airplane Side View

William H. Zumsteg's Crashed Airplane Side View

Standing L-R: SSgt. Woodrow P. Clayton;  SSgt. James A hatch;  SSgt. Alvin J. Kadlecek (R)
Lt. Joseph J. Repko (N)Lt. Georg M. Felber (B)

Kneeling L-R:  SSgt Antonio P. Lerrna (E)Sgt. Richard KarlLt. John C. Fuller (CP):
SSgt Andrew J. Allocco;  Lt. William H. Zumsteg (P)

 Four months later, following a midair collision,
Zumsteg and his crew were KIA on 2 April 1944 over Bihac, Yugoslavia 

During World War II Bihac, Yugoslavia served as headquarters for the liberation army of Josip Broz Tito,  the center of the anti-fascist resistance. It became a target of the occupying powers and the Germans retook it in 1943 and held it until 1945 and Germany's final defeat.

William Zumsteg's B-24 Liberator Crash Site

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The Might Eithth Air Force in Action in World War II

The Mighty Eighth Air Force World War II

The latest book by Warren Benjamin Kidder.

This book starts out with action then talks about Charles Sorenson's building of the B-24 Liberator Factory at Willow Run.  Next it goes into America's entry into World War II and shows the daring raids of Jimmy Doolittle and quickly moves into the intense action of the B-24 Liberators raiding the oil refineries in Ploesti Romania. 

The last part of this book is a complete listing of almost one thousand raids of the 8th Air Force in WW2.

This is a color edition, hardcover edition, hand signed by the author, Warren Benjamin Kidder.

This book is action packed from beginning to end and is a non fiction account of what it really took to win the war both here in the United States and on the battle ground.  You need to read this book.

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