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41-23988

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-15-CO 41-23998 [NB:E] "Emmy Lou" 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 was shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. 10KIA 1POW MACR 15333

P 1LT Robert W. Blaine (KIA); CP 2LT Lawrence J. Roetto(KIA)
N 1LT Leo A. Frazier (POW); B 2LT Thomas C. Mayen(KIA)
E/TTG TSGT George L. Nored (KIA); RO TSGT Oscar Kreissig(KIA)
BTG SSGT Don J. Williams (KIA); LWG SSGT Frank N. Doria(KIA)
RWG SSGT Norman A. Breniser (KIA); TG SSGT Edward Sulka (KIA)
HG SGT Benjamin F. White, Jr. (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

  • Robert Blaine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E]'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad yards at Rouen, France. Killed in Action...

  • Norman Breniser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Right Waist Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen,...

  • Frank Doria

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France....

  • Leo Frazier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Leo Frazier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. On January 3, 1943 while serving as Navigator on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel...

  • Oscar Kreissig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at...

  • Oscar Kreissig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Thomas Mayen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France....

  • George Nored

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was attacked by German fighters and shot down at Barentin, France while on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France...

  • Lawrence Roetto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 March 1943 in B-24D 41-23988 [NB:E] 'Emmy Lou', 44BG/67BS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Barentin, France. Killed in Action (KIA) when cannon shell exploded in cockpit. NARA lists...

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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) Barentin, France 8 March 1943

Shot down by German fighters near Baretin, France whil on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2015 20:57:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jul-2015. Added nickname, markings and Description based on "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 crewmen per MACR 15333; formatted crew display.

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

MACR 15330 / MACR 15333 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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