Skip to main content
Edit entry 

41-23779

B-24 Liberator

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.
A/C later sent to attack V1 launch sites in the Pas de Calais, France ( code No Ball ).
There was no flak over the target, but the enemy sent about 20 fighters up. The 44th BG shot down eight of these. Unfortunately, the 67th Squadron lost one aircraft. Plane crashed near Grandcamp, France. Me109 and Fw190's carried out head on attack, '4Q2' was hit in #2 engine and sent into a downward glide, exploding shortly thereafter, 3 chutes were seen, one alight. 2 POW 8 KIA MACR 2362

Service

Units

People

  • Joseph Capo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Andy Chalan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Andy Chalan was flying as the Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Forest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Goodwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. KIA.

  • Charlie Henderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). While on TDY to 9thAF October 1, 1943, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, ac# 42-72853 'Count Bruga' was attacked by several fighters and crashed in the target area. . Lieutenant. Newbold is quoted by Lundy that the pilot stayed...

  • Joseph Mindelsohn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Monks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 Jan 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Palys

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Phelps

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by head-on attacks by fighters on mission to military targets at Escalles-sur-Buchy, France on 14 January 1944 in B-24D #41-23779 '4-Q-2'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Grandcamp, France 14 January 1944

A/C sent to attack V1 launch sites in the Pas de Calais, France ( code No Ball ).
There was no flak over the target, but the enemy sent about 20 fighters up. The 44th BG shot down eight of these. Unfortunately, the 67th Squadron lost one aircraft. Plane crashed near Grandcamp, France. Me109 and Fw190's carried out head on attack, '4Q2' was hit in #2 engine and sent into a downward glide, exploding shortly thereafter, 3 chutes were seen, one alight. 2 POW 8 KIA MACR 2362

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 17:05:59 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2362

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

MACR 2262 / MACR 2362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share