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41-23475

B-24 Liberator

B-24D 41-23745 "Katy Bug" was assigned to the 93BG/328BS at Alconbury. On 18-Nov-1942 it was despatched on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Upon return the pilot strayed out of the landing pattern and was forced to make a go-around. During that maneuver the #1 and #2 engines cut out and the pilot, 2Lt Alfred Asch, attempted to make a landing at Little Stukeley, about a mile west of the base, but the right wing struck a tree and the aircraft crashed killing four of the crew. 4KOM 6RTD.

P 2Lt Alfred Asch (RTD); CP 2Lt Delbert H. Hall (RTD)
N 2Lt Oscar R. Krebs (RTD); B 2Lt Howard R. Gilbert (KOM)
E/TTG TSgt David C. Miller (KOM); RO TSgt Clarence A. Witmer (RTD)
BTG SSgt Woodrow B. Murphy (KOM); WG SSgt John E. Collins (KOM)
WG SSgt William E. Austin (RTD); Sgt Howard R. Titus (RTD)

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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alfred Asch

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Flew in WW II, Korea. Served from Sept 1941 to April 1968. 18-November-1942, while serving as Pilot on B-24D 41-23745 "Katy Bug' sustained a collision with a tree when engine failure resulted in a crash landing at Little Stukeley, 4 crew members killed...

  • William Austin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24D 41-24745 'Katy Bug' his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. SSgt Austin was uninjured and...

  • John Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) while serving as a Waist Gunner on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug' on 18-Nov-42. His aircraft sustained engine failures on two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 3 other crew...

  • Howard Gilbert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) 18-Nov-42 while serving a Bombardier on B24D 41-23745 ' Katy Bug' when the aircraft sustained failure of two engines while attempting a landing at Little Stukeley and struck a tree. 3 other crew members were also killed. The...

  • Delbert Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as Co-Pilot on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug" on 18-Nov-42 his aircraft crashed as a result of engine failure and struck a tree while attempting a landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. Lt Hall was not injured and RTD.

  • Oscar Krebs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as Navigator on B-24D 41-23745 "Katy Bug' on 18-Nov-42 the aircraft sustained an engine failure on two engines and struck a tree when attempting a landing at Little Stukeley.4 crew members killed and the aircraft was salvaged on 27-Nov...

  • David Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug' on 18-Nov-1942 the aircraft sustained engine failure on two engines and attempted an emergency landing at Little Stukeley but struck a tree and crashed. 3 other crew members were...

  • Woodrow Murphy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) while serving as Ball Turret Gunner on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug' on 18-Nov-42 his aircraft sustained failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting to make an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 3 other crew...

  • Howard Titus

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as Tail Gunner on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug' his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and crashed into a tree while attempting an emergency landing at Little Stukeley. 4 crew members were killed. Sgt Titus was uninjured and...

  • Clarence Witmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    While serving as Radio Operator on B-24D 41-23745 'Katy Bug' 18-Nov-1942, his aircraft sustained the failure of two engines and attempted an emergency landing at Little Stukeley, but the aircraft struck a tree and crashed. 4 crew members were killed....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 21

    18 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient and La Pallice, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission. However, those at St. Nazaire, France are attacked by 21 B-17s of 303BG when they are mistaken for those of Lorient. The force attacking Lorient is composed...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Little Stukeley, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 18 November 1942

Crashed at Little Stukeley when the right wing struck a tree.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 18:33:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Mov-2014. Added nickname per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 18:28:34 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Nov-2014. Entry based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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