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41-23776

B-24 Liberator

On 27-Jan-43 B-24D 41-23776 "Spirit of 76" was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to located the target due to weather and navigation problems. The aircraft was attacked by fighters and shot down. Aircraft crashed on the beach at Terschelling, Holland. 9KIA 1POW MACR 15459.

P 1Lt Maxwell W. Sullivan, JR. (KIA); CP 2Lt Duane E. Nelson (KIA)
N 1Lt Raymond C. Lunenfeld (KIA); B 2Lt Albert W. Glass (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Frederick W. Clark (KIA); RO MSgt Benjamin F. Duke (KIA)
AR SSgt Harry L. Ottman (KIA); LWG Sgt Thomas W. Cook, Jr. (KIA)
RWG SSgt Glen C. Pierson (KIA); TG SSgt Philip J. Bloomfield (KIA)

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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Phillip Bloomfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 10 April 1942. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Tail Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s,caught fire,...

  • Frederick Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 27-January-43 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was attacked by FW-190s en-route to the target of Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft caught fire, exploded and crashed on Terschelling Island,...

  • Thomas Crook

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 12 November 1942. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s, caught...

  • Benjamin Duke

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Radio Operator. Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s, caught fire, exploded and crashed on...

  • Albert Glass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Bombardier. Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s. Glass was the only survivor of the plane,...

  • Raymond Lunenfeld

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squadron 3 August 1942. On 27-January-43 in B-24D 41-23776 "Spirit of '76' while serving as Navigator his aircraft was attacked by FW-190s on its way to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft caught fire and crashed on Terschelling Island, Holland...

  • Duane Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW-190s, caught fire, exploded...

  • Harry Ottman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s, caught fire, exploded and crashed on...

  • Glen Pierson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s, caught fire, exploded and crashed on...

  • Maxwell Sullivan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 27 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23776 'Spirit of '76' while serving as Pilot.Killed in Action (KIA). Target was Wilhelmshaven, but weather conditions were poor. Plane was attacked by FW 190s, caught on fire, exploded and crashed on Terschelling...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Terschelling, Netherlands 27 January 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed at Terschelling, Holland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2015 19:51:01 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2014. Added markings per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint & Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman; Added FTR event and added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15459; crafted Description and added nickname per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15459 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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