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  LB-30 Liberator Serial Number AL602  
11th AF
28th BG
36th BS

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Szczyrbek June 5, 1942
Pilot ¬†Robert N. Maupin (survived)
Crashed  May 22, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Liberator II serial number AL602. At the start of the Pacific War, requisitioned by the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and retained the RAF serial number AL602.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force (11th AF), 28th Bombardment Group (28th BG), 36th Bombardment Squadron (36th BS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 22, 1942 took off from Kodiak Airfield piloted by Robert N. Maupin on a mission. Returning, this bomber suffered a landing gear failure and overshot the runway at Kodiak Airfield and crashed into a ravine over the Buskin River.

Maupin continued in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and also served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Colonel. He passed away October 19, 1998 at age 83. He is buried at Riverside National Cemetery at section 48, site 2305.

Note, some sources list the date of cash as June 5, 1942 and pilot as Frederick Andrews
Liberator II for the RAF/LB-30
"AL602 requisitioned by USAAF. Wrecked at Kodiak, Alaska May 22, 1942 when overshot landing and fell into ravine."
ASN Aircraft Accident 22 May 1942 - LB-30 AL602
FindAGrave - Robert N Maupin (grave photo)

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May 20, 2021


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