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42-95209

B-24 Liberator

Sabrina III, #42-95209, 506 Sq. was built at the Ford Willow Run plant and first flown in combat by the Richard Hruby crew. Her 106 missions were an amazing record for any B-24 at a time when 15 missions were about average.
Brad Wallingford, nephew of the Bartley twins, has done considerable research on his uncles' craft. Quoting from the diary of 'Doc' Blanchard, Radio Operator, Wallingford wrote that on a mission to an airfield at Laon, France, (23 June 1945) the hydraulic system was shot out by flak, and had no brakes for landing. The two waist gunners tied their chutes to the waist guns,
to aid in stopping the plane.
Four days later the Fred Stones crew flew the plane to the marshalling yards at Creil, France. Flak hit the #3 booster pump connection to #3 gas tank, causing fuel to pour out into the slip stream. Believing the spray to be smoke, Sgt. William Strange, RW Gunner, jumped out, parachuted safely to the ground, then was captured and was a POW until May 1st.

Service

Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Fount Bartley

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-29513. Returned to base. ...

  • Thomas Bartley

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-29513. Returned to base. ...

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Samuel Cervellera

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Merritt Derr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    35 missions. 3 'crash' landings. 4 enemy aircraft destroyed by crew of B-24 'Shack Rat. ' One crew member captured by Luftwaffe. B-24H 42-95209 'Sabrina III'. ...

  • Herman Flugman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Right Landing gear collapsed on landing on the return from a mission to Mont-de-Marsan, France on 27 Mar 1944 in B-24J 42-100107. RTD. B-24H 42-95209 'Sabrina III'.

  • Charles Hersch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Ogden Hill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Richard Hruby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-29513. Returned to base. ...

  • Raymond Khoury

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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Missions

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 02:47:52 Adam Bartley Changes to description
Sources

http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg/8balltails/Vol.%208%20Issue%203%20Wint...

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2021 21:16:51 Adam Bartley Changes to nicknames
Sources

8th airforce

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2019 12:35:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Information from the 44th Bomb Group Loading Lists at Rootsweb via William Mulholland.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 6743 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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