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41-23832

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22-Mar-43. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew baled out, but only 2 survived due to attacks on them, carried out by E/A. MACR 15585.

Service

Units

People

  • Richard Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Charles Falls

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Guy Gandy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Nicholas Gritsonis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Charles Hammond

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 '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. ...

  • Norman Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Lester Klug

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Malcolm Rawls

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Robert Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    AC # 41-23832 'Maggie' was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany March 22, 1943. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew...

  • Gideon Warne

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

Places

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

  • 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
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1942

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA September 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 20 September 1942

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Vicinity of Alte Mellum, Butjadingen, Germany 22 March 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) was hit by flak in the target area , Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22-Mar-43. Losing altitude and falling behind the formation, it was attacked by fighers. Plane crashed into North Sea in the vicinity of Alte Mellum Island. Crew baled out, but only 2 survived. MACR 15585.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 14:01:51 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-23832
https://www.fold3.com/image/47349755
The 44th Bomb Group in World War II: The Flying Eight-Balls Over Europe in the B-24 by Ron Mackay and Steve Adams.

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 22:27:58 JasonR Changes to nicknames
Sources

44th Bomb Group Roll of Honor and Casualties: http://moira.meccahosting.com/~a00065d7/guy%20folder/44th%20ROH1.pdf

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

MACR 15585 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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