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41-23804

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-5-CO 41-23804 "Sad Sack" was assigned to the 44BG/66BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 26-Feb-43 to bomb the docks at Bremen. However, cloud cover obscured the target and the formation diverted to Wilhelmshaven as a target of opportunity. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters just at the Initial Point (IP), two engines were disabled and a fire was started in the bomb bay area. The pilot gave the bale out order near Oldenburg, Germany. 3 airmen were killed in the figther attack but 7 managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft before it crashed at Eversten, Germany. 3KIA 7POW MACR 16503.

P 1LT Robert H. McPhillamey (POW); CP 1LT Wilbur E. Wockenfuss (POW)
N 2LT Rexford W. Lippert (KIA); B 2LT John T. Mooney (POW)
E/TTG SSGT Eugene O. Rudiger (POW); RO TSGT Kenneth R. Sanders (POW)
BTG Sgt Alberto O Salvo (KIA); WG SSGT Robert P. Garmon (POW)
WG SGT Howard W. Beaman (POW); TG SSGT Kenneth R. Morse (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...

People

  • Howard Beaman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Waiat Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss...

  • Robert Garmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Waist Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss...

  • Rexford Lippert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Navigator on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss of...

  • Robert McPhillamey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Pilot on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss of 2...

  • John Mooney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Bombardier on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss...

  • Eugene Rudiger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which...

  • Alberto Salvo

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Ball Turret Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which...

  • Kenneth Sanders

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Radio Operator on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the...

  • Wilbur Wockenfuss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Co-Pilot on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss of...

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) 26131 Eversten, Germany 26 February 1943

Severely damaged by fighter attack near the Initial Point (IP) and crashed near Eversten, in the south-west part of the city of Oldenburg, Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 18:00:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place and Mission wihtin existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition for all crew memebers, formatted crew display, MACR 16053.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 17:52:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Correcting typo in Description.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 17:51:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added nickname, FTR notes and map location, and crafted Description based on "Losses og the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 16053.

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

MACR 16053 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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