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41-23678

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft was assigned to 93BG/330BS. The aircraft had been despatched from Alconbury to participate in the attack on aircraft plants at Lille, France The aircraft was attacked on the way to the target by a German fighter near Dunkirk and crashed near Lille, France. No MACR issued. This was the first B-24 listed as MIA from the 8th Air Force. 6KIA 3POW 1EVD

P Capt Alexander Simpson (POW); CP 1Lt Nicholas H. Cox (POW)
N 2Lt Carl N. Garrett (KIA); B 1Lt William A. Marsh (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Arthur B. Cox, Jr. (EVD); RO SSgt Arthur M. Torrey (KIA)
BTG Sgt James DeToris (KIA); WG SSgt Stephen J. Eppolito (KIA)
WG SSgt Clayton C. Kammerer (KIA); TG TSgt Michael Reardon (POW).

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Cox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing...

  • Nicholas Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James DeToris

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • Stephen Eppolito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and...

  • Carl Garrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, shot down in B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Navigator, 9-Oct-42. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clayton Kammerer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on mission to bomb aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • William Marsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA). Plane attacked by fighters on assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing near Lille...

  • Michael Reardon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. Had direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area...

  • Alexander Simpson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle, while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Torrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. Aircraft attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. Direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 10:24:00 Lucy May Changes to aircraft type
Sources

Added model number.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 19:20:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014, Correct connections.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 19:15:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Format description.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 17:40:42 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & john A. Hey MBE.

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