B-24L 'Stevonovitch II' of the of the 464th Bomber Group hit by German anti-aircraft fire over Lugo, Italy, 10 Apr 1945; out of the crew of 10 only 1, the bombardier, survived.

Caption     B-24L 'Stevonovitch II' of the of the 464th Bomber Group hit by German anti-aircraft fire over Lugo, Italy, 10 Apr 1945; out of the crew of 10 only 1, the bombardier, survived. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 10 Apr 1945
Photos at Same Place Lugo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Anonymous says:
16 Mar 2015 05:22:28 PM

With all respect to the crew members that did not survive,I was hoping to get a copy of this photo. My printer will not do justice to the photo. Please let me know if you can help me. Thank You, Michael Redmon
2. Swashbuckler says:
10 Apr 2016 03:18:13 PM

More info at http://www.b24bestweb.com/stevonovitchii1.htm

According to that page the only survivor was the bombardier, Lt. Edward F. Walsh, Jr.

Also, according to that page the photo was taken by Leland Conrad, a radio operator on another plane.
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
30 Oct 2019 02:33:12 PM

Several sources list that this airplane also went by the name “Black Nan” but this is not quite correct. The original Missing Air Crew Report prepared two days after the plane was lost indicated the plane had no name but used the callsign “Black Nan.” This makes sense based on the fact that in the phonetic alphabet of the times, “Nan” stood for “N” and the plane had an “N” painted in black on the fuselage. The provenance of the name “Stevonovitch II” is unknown.

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WW2-Era Place Name Lugo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Lat/Long 44.4167, 11.9167
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