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41-23777

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-5-CO 41-23777 was assigned to the 44th Bomb Group/66 Bomb Squadron at Shipdham, UK. On 26-Feb-43 the aircraft was despatched to bomb the shipyards at Bremen, Germany but the target was obscured by clouds so the aircraft diverted to the secondary target at Wilhelmshaven, Germany the aircraft was under almost constant attack by Germn fighters beginning at Texel Island, Holland and finally exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany. 9KIA 2 POW MACR 16067. Among those killed was Mr. Robert P. Post a war correspondent working for the New York Times newspaper.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft came under almost constant fighter attack from Texel Island, Holland and finally exploded in mid-air near Willbroksmoor, Germany. Journalist Robert...

  • Donald Bowie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Scott Brewer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-24d 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft wa attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Wilbroksmoor, Germany. NY Times war correspondent Robert Post was...

  • Wayne Gotke

    Military | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Wayne Gotke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Navigator. He baled out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • William Hannan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was attacked ny German fighters,exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany while on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. A...

  • Linwood Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany. NY Times war correspondent Robert...

  • Stanley Leod

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

  • Stanley McLeod

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23777 "Maisey' while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft came under almost constant attack by German fighters from Texal Island, Holland until it exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany....

  • James Mifflin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Left Waist Gunner. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Willbroksmoor, Germany. He was able to bale out of the striken...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

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) Willbroksmoor, 26160 Bad Zwischenahn, Germany 26 February 1943

Under constant attack by German fighters beginning at Texel Island, Holland. Exploded in mid-air and crashed at Willbroksmoor, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 20:18:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Made Connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; All other information based on: "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 16067.

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 18:24:23 JasonR Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://franckruffino.chez.com/My-Site/Research_3.htm

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

MACR 16067 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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