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41-23818

B-24 Liberator

B-24F 41-23818 "Texan II" and once named "Bela" was assigned to 44BG/67BS. The aircraft was despatched to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Shortly after leaving the English coast off of Selsey Bill, Sussex, the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-50354 "Snafu" 44BG/66BS. Both aircraft exploded and crashed into the sea. 10KIA MACR 4697

P 1Lt John B. Long (KIA); CP 2Lt John F. McCormick (KIA)
N 2Ly Harold C. Cook (KIA); B 2Lt Winthrop T. Frazee (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Raymond C. Stephens (KIA); RO TSgt Orna E. Cottington (KIA)
BAE SSgt Stephen E. Parker, Jr. (KIA); AR SSft Donald C. McGinnis (KIA)
BTG SSgt William C. Crigger (KIA); TG SSgt Ralph C. Laurence (KIA)

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-40354 Snafu

    B-24 Liberator
    B-14D 42-40354 "Snafu" 44BG/66BS was despatched on 16-Feb-43 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Shortly after leaving the English coast the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 41-23818 "Texan II" 44BG/67BS off Selsey Bill,...

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

  • Harold Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' while serving as Navigator the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-40354 'Sanfu' 44BG/66BS just after leaving the English coast off of Selsey Bill, Sussex. Both aircraft exploded. Killed...

  • Orna Cottington

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft sustained a mid-air-collision with B-24D 42-40354 'Snafu' 44BG/66BS just after leaving the English coast off of Selsey Bill, Sussex en-route to the target at...

  • William Crigger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11...

  • Winthrop Frazee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Bombardier on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crashed in field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11RTD No...

  • Ralph Laurence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24 #4123808 'Texan' crashed in field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11RTD No MACR issued. ...

  • John Long

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Pilot he crash-landed the aircraft in field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Lundy...

  • John McCormick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Co-Pilot of B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, out of fuel, upon returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. 11RTD No MACR ...

  • Donald McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 in B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Waist Gunner the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash....

  • Stephen Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' while serving as Waist Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-40354 'Snafu' 44BG/66BS just off the English coast at Selsey Bill, Sussex. Both aircraft exploded and crashed into...

  • Raymond Stephens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-40354 "Snafu" 44BG/66BS just of the English coast at Selsey Bill, Sussex en-route to the target at St....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 16 February 1943

Sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-40354 "Snafu" fof 44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron, shortly after leaving the English coast off Selsey Bill, Sussex, exploded and crashed into the sea.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 19:54:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added nickname, markings, FTR description and crafted Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 4697; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 16:37:49 Superman Changes to nicknames
Sources

B24BestWeb

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

MACR 4697 & 3302 A / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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