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41-24229

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. On temporary assignment to 9AF USAAF. Failed To Return (FTR) mission to Foggia, Italy. Shot down by enemy fighters 16-Aug-43. 4 x KIA 6 x POW.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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 Cameron

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew on Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43 (married Joe Stillwell's daughter)Flew on B-24 'Buzzin' Bear. Had 38 combat missions. He not only came over to England with the 44th but was the only pilot to then go home with them at the end of the war. He was one of...

  • Thomas Clifford

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug 43. Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. After capture following a bail out, imprisoned as a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James DeVinney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. Following a bail out, captured and imprisoned.

  • Gola Gibby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Gerald Grett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Frank Maruszewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Mission was the Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Ernest McCabe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. Fire and plane control problems led to bail out attempts. McCabe was killed.

  • Joseph Millener

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Leighton Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. Following a bail out, captured and turned over to the Germans. POW

  • Gerald Sparks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. Following a bail out, captured and imprisoned. Sparks escaped and returned to service.

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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...

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
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Foggia, Province of Foggia, Italy 16 August 1943

Failed To Return (FTR) mission to Foggia, Italy. Shot down by enemy fighters 16-Aug-43. 4 x KIA 6 x POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 17:30:30 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/seedso-satan1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/buzzinbear4.htm

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 12:48:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Details added from:
MACR 15858 - http://www.fold3.com;
http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 09:40:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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