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41-24024

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group for the 1st Aug, 43 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania. It was flown by 1st Lt Reginald L. Carpenters crew from the 67th Bomb Squadron. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi,Libya. Two of the crew were trapped in the flooding aircraft and drowned, the other seven men were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel.

1st Lt. Reginald L. Carpenter - pilot, 2nd Lt. Edwin L. Rumsey, Jr. - copilot
2nd Lt. John E. Powell - navigator, 2nd Lt. Martin L. Kullman - bombardier
T/Sgt. Vincent E. Huenerberg - engineer, T/Sgt. Joseph F. Manquen - radio operator
S/Sgt. Rollin C. Looker - left waist gunner, S/Sgt. Walter L. Brown - right waist gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. Frederick Durand - tail gunner (KIA)

Service

Units

People

  • Walter Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024

  • Reginald Carpenter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On October 1, 1943, on mission to Weiner Neustadt, ac# 42-41017 was attacked by fighters over the target. 2 engines were on fire when the B-24 exploded and crashed. 5 were Prisoner of War (POW)s as the other crew members were killed in action. Earlier...

  • Frederick Durand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid, was member of Carpenter's crew. Mission was Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024.

  • Vincent Huenerberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD Crashed on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024

  • Martin Kullman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD Crashed while on Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 on TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024

  • Rollin Looker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner, Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Severely damaged by flak after making two bomb runs over the target of Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-100073 'Sack Artist' crashed near Dubendorf, Switzerland after the crew baled out. Interned. Earlier on 8/1/43 Ploesti raid while TDY to...

  • Joseph Manquen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD Crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF on Ploesti raid in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024

  • John Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #4263963. Prisoner of War (POW). On 8/1/43 was on loan to the 44thBG/67thBS for the Ploesti raid in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024. He was rescued after crash landing and returned to duty. Then Earlier 3 November 1943 ...

  • Edwin Rumsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    RTD Crashed on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Bewitching Witch' #4124024

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Ionian Sea 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 43. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi, Libya. Two of the crew were trapped in the flooding aircraft and drowned, the other seven men were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel. MACR 15859.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 15:34:59 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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

MACR 15859 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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