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41-23811

B-24 Liberator

B-24D Liberator 41-23811 "Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF a veteran of the August 1, 1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

Crew List:
Capt. Robert W. Miller,
F/O Arthur W. Callahan,
Lt. Lee E. Zaruba,
Lt. Robert R. LaPlace,
T/Sgt. William J. Murphy,
T/Sgt. Martin J. McDonnell
S/Sgt. Daniel W. Rowland,
S/Sgt. Robert G. Newmes,
S/Sgt. Hugh J. Malone
S/Sgt. Clarence J. Ducote

A/C was shot by a Bf109G-6 from JG 27/I near Weiner, Neustadt on Oct 1, 1943, killing three of the crew, the other seven became POW's.
Crew list:
Pilot 2nd Lt. Richard Bridges POW escaped,
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Delmar Phelps POW,
Navigator 2nd Lt. Max Stiefel POW,
Bombardier 2nd Lt. William Schuler POW,
Engineer T.Sgt Robert DeSalvio POW,
Radio Man T.Sgt Donald Bridges POW, - (MACR 15860)
Waist Gunner S.Sgt Jacob Rosenstein KIA,
Belly Gunner S.Sgt Charles Sasek POW,
Tail Gunner S.Sgt George Mercer KIA,
Waist Gunner S.Sgt Kenneth Garrett KIA.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Bridges

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    1 October 1943 shot down by fighters and flak in B-24D 41-23811 'Fascinatin' Witch'while on detachment to the 9th AF. Crew bailed out over Austria with 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 7 Prisoner of War (POW)s. Imprisoned at Stalag 17B.

  • Arthur Callahan

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    1 Oct 43 shot down by fighters in B-24D 42-72877 while on detachment to the 9th AF. Crew bailed out over Austria with 4 Killed in Action (KIA) and 6 Prisoner of War (POW)s. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert DeSalvio

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flight engineer on B-24D Liberator 41-23811"Fascinatin' Witch" which was shot by a Bf109G-6 from JG 27/I near Weiner, Neustadt on Oct 1, 1943 and became POW.

  • Clarence Ducote

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    March 18, 1942 - Ducote entered service and volunteered to be an aerial gunner. He served 14 months overseas. He flew 25 air missions over Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Africa. He destroyed one enemy air plane and assisted in downing 13...

  • Kenneth Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    1 October 1943 shot down by fighters and flak in B-24D 41-23811 'Fascinatin' Witch'while on detachment to the 9th AF. Crew bailed out over Austria with 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 7 Prisoner of War (POW)s. According to Lundy p. 124 Garrett was a...

  • Robert Laplace

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Martin McDonnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • George Mercer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). 1 October 1943 shot down by fighters and flak in B-24D 41-23811 'Fascinatin' Witch'while on detachment to the 9th AF. Crew bailed out over Austria with 3 Killed in Action (KIA) and 7 Prisoner of War (POW)s. Mercer was...

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot of B-24D-5-CO Liberator 41-23811 "Fascinatin' Witch" and veteran of the August 1,43 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

  • William Murphy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Tidalwave survivor Malta 1 August 1943

B-24D Liberator 41-23811"Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF a veteran of the August 1,1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Diverted to Malta.

Crashed Wiener Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943

A/C was shot by a Bf109G-6 from JG 27/I near Weiner, Neustadt on Oct 1, 1943, killing three of the crew, the other seven became POW's.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 13:08:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and person associations
Sources

MACR 15860 - http://www.fold3.com
http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 21:31:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

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