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41-23784

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-5-CO 41-23784 [NB:R] "Miss Dianne" was assigned to the 44BG/47BS. On 8-Mar-1943 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France. The aircraft sustained significant damage from German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France. The bale out alarm sounded but only three of the crew managed to parachute from the aircraft before it crashed. 8KIA 3POW MACR 15570.

P CPT Clyde E. Price (KIA); CP 2LT Robert E. Forrest (KIA)
N 2LT Jacob A. Augenstene, Jr. (KIA); B 2LT Morton P. Gross (KIA)
E/TTG TSGT Dalton R. Snell (KIA); RO TSGT Donald E. Jester (KIA)
AE SSGT Roy E. Gosline (KIA); WG SSGT Kenneth L. Erhard (POW)
WG SSGT Iris C. Wyer, Jr. (POW); G SSGT Deane J. Devars (POW)
TG SSGT Lewis J. Fleshamn (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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jacob Augenstene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...

  • Deane Devars

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Tuuret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling...

  • Kenneth Erhard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    As Ken was an independent and rather adventurous young man, he attempted several times to enlist in the military, but was always turned down because of his age. He was finally accepted in late November 1941 at the age of 19.   He wanted to be in the...

  • Lewis Fleshman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen,...

  • Robert Forrest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...

  • Roy Gosline

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer, Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Ball TUrret Gunner. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling...

  • Morton Gross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...

  • Donald Jester

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards...

  • Clyde Price

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen,...

  • Dalton Snell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23784 [NB:R] 'Miss Dianne', 44BG/67BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...

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) Villers-Écalles, France 8 March 1943

Shot down by German fighters bear Villers-Ecalles, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2017 05:58:56 Eaglewolf Changes to nicknames, description and events
Sources

Stele to the Allied Aviators of Villiers-Ecalles and MIA Report (Interrogation Report)

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 21:37:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Added nickname in Description per "Losses of the 8ht & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 20:33:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Added nickname, markings and Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added FTR event and crew position, rank, full proper name and dispostions of all crew members per MACR 15570; formatted crew display.

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

MACR 15570 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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