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41-23783

B-24 Liberator

B-24D 31-23783 "Betty Anne" 44BG/56BS [WQ:M] was operating as the lead aircraft of the Group on a mission to bomb the port area of Dunkirk, France when it was struck by flak and subsequently ditched into the English Channel. 11 man crew, 7KIA 4POW. No MACR issued for this loss.

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

  • Charles Arnold

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 3 then moved to Nuremberg 49-11. . POW

  • Paul Caldwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft sustained severe damage from flak over the target at Dunkirk, France and crashed into the sea. No burial record could be located. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Cullen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Was on his 17th mission. He hit tail assembly of aircraft during bailout breaking arm and leg. Due to nature of injuries, he was repatriated...

  • Albert Emery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target of Dunkirk, France and crashed into the sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • James Hilley

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target at Dunkirk, France and crashed into the sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Donald MacDonald

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft was flying in the lead position when it sustained severe damage from flak over the target at Dunkirk, France. The aircraft crashed into the sea near...

  • John Mackey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was severely damaged by flak over the target at Dunkirk,France and crashed into the sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart, Air Medal

  • Thomas McKinsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Waist Gunner. The aircraft sustained severe damage from flak over the target at Dunkirk, France and crashed into the sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jessie Norwood

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 15 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23783 'Betty Anne' while serving as Nose Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag 17B. NARA spells first name as 'Jesse'. POW

  • 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....

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 35

    15 February 1943
    The port area of Dunkirk, France and any merchant vessels there are designated as the primary target of this mission. A total of 23 B-24s are despatched: 44BG (17) and 93BG (6). 21 are effective on the target, but 2 from 44BG are listed MIA and another...

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) Dunkirk, France 15 February 1943

Shot down by flak and ditched into the English Channel near Dunkirk, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2015 20:28:54 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Jan-2015. Corrected typo in description.

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2015 20:28:13 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Jan-2015. New entry, all information per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stam Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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