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1st. Lt. Norman Menaker B-24H 42-7604 "Clay Pidgeon"

Discussion in '445th BG - Tibenham' started by Hartmann Dirk, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Hartmann Dirk

    Hartmann Dirk New Member


    need your Help !!! I`m looking for all Information`s about the Loss of 1st. Lt. Norman Menaker and his Crew. The B-24H 42-7604 was lost on 09. March 1944 after Misson at Brandenburg /Germany. The Aircraft was hit over Hannover City, all Men bailed out and the "Clay Pidgeon" went down near Gehrden 1o Kilometres south of Hannover City.
    Every Information about the Crew and all Circumstances are welcome....

    Best Regards

  2. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    Three pages from MACR attached. There are no post-war statements by crew members so details are minimal.

    42-7604 - 1.jpg 42-7604 - 2.jpg 42-7604 - 3.jpg
  3. Hartmann Dirk

    Hartmann Dirk New Member

    Hi Lucky Partners,

    Thank you for these Information !!!.. I wonder that I didn`t found any about the Crew or the Mission to Brandenburg...

    Greetings Streak98
  4. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Target Brandenburg,Germany. Crew baled out after FLAK had set fire to the No.3 engine.
    Crashed at 13.25hrs, 2.000yards NW of Gehrden.10 POW.

  5. Mike.Simpson

    Mike.Simpson New Member

    Actually this plane was received from another bomb group where it had been named Clay's Pidgeon. Once assigned to the 445th, the apostrophe and the letter 's' were painted over.
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  7. Wild Blue

    Wild Blue New Member

    Hello Streak98
    I may have access to information about Lt. Menaker. Can you tell me the reason for your inquiry?
  8. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  9. Hartmann Dirk

    Hartmann Dirk New Member

    Good Morning Wild Blue,

    Thanks for your Interest about the Loss of the Lt. Menaker Crew. My reason is following; Due to Report of an older Man, he was Eyewitness of the crash in Gehrden when B-24H 42-7604 comming down. Gehrden is close to my home and I investatigate Aircraft Losses which took Part in WW II since 1985. Due to the Eyewitness I had locate the crash site very exactly.

    Hoping that helps you a little bit.

    Have a nice Day and many greetings

    Streak98 (Dirk)
  10. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  11. Hartmann Dirk

    Hartmann Dirk New Member

    Good Morning Airwar,

    Thanks for these Information`s about Lt. Menaker, especially the Photo....it was my first Picture of him.

    Greetings Streak98 (Dirk)
  12. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Gutenmorgen Dirk,

    I shall look for more information,

    grusse aus Holland, Jaap

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