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41-23808

B-24 Liberator

B-24D 41-24998 "Texan" was assigned to the 44BG/67BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 3-Jan-43 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed at Aperporth airfield, Cardiganshire, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was declared a Category E loss (damaged beyond repair [DBR]) and salvaged. 11RTD No MACR issued.

P 2Lt John B. Long (RTD); CP 2Lt John F. McCormick (RTD)
N 2Lt Leo O. Frazier (RTD); B 2Lt Winthrop T. Frazee (RTD)
E TSgt Clyde Littell (RTD); RO TSgt Leroy R. Winter (RTD)
G SSgt Samuel L. Weiser (RTD); G SSgt Donald C. McGinnis (RTD)
G SSgt Ralph C. Laurence (RTD); G SSgt William C. Crigger (RTD)
G SSgt Charles P. Hammond (RTD)

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

  • William Crigger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. 11...

  • Winthrop Frazee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Bombardier on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • Ralph Laurence

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24 #4123808 '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. ...

  • Clyde Littell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crashed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused...

  • John Long

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Pilot he crash-landed the aircraft in field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Lundy...

  • John McCormick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Co-Pilot of B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, out of fuel, upon returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. 11RTD No MACR ...

  • Donald McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 in B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Waist Gunner the aircraft crash-landed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash....

  • Samuel Weiser

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On January 3, 1943 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' the aircraft crashed in a field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2015 20:16:42 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-1025. New entry created all information per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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