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41-23788

B-24 Liberator

A/C flew on 1 Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returned safely to Libya.
Pilot Parker H Jones coaxed the damaged A/C back to England, Belly-landed on first open space available, exploded and burned 16 Dec 43 in a minefield on the beach in the mouth of the river Humber, off Skeffling, East Riding, Yorkshire, on a mission to Bremen. 4 POW 6 KIA. MACR 4709.
Wreck salvaged 29 & 30 Dec 43.

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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wilson Besse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). Joined squad 10 July 1943. DS/Bengahzi via ATC 14 July 1943. Returned to base 14 September 1943. DS/Tunis 16 September 1943. Returned to base via ATC 4 October 1943. December 16, 1943 12/16/crashed on coast on return in B24#41...

  • John Buckholts

    Military | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 10 July 1943. DS/Bengahzi via ATC 18 July 1943. Returned to base 14 September 1943. DS/Tunis 16 September 1943. Returned to base via ATC 4 October 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) 16 December 1943. Crash landed on coast. Pilot: Jones.

  • Patrick Fries

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/5/43. Prisoner of War (POW) 12/16/43 (Bremen). Pilot: Parke Jones. Prisoner of War (POW). Bailed out of B24#41-23788 'Avenger' December 16, 1943. A/C crashed on coast on return.

  • Rhodes Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/5/43. Killed in Action (KIA) 12/16/43 (Bremen), crashed on coast on return in B24#41-23788 'Avenger'. Pilot:Parke Jones.

  • John Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/5/43. Prisoner of War (POW) 12/16/43 (Bremen). Prisoner of War (POW). Bailed out of B24#41-23788 'Avenger' December 16, 1943. A/C crashed on coast on returnPilot: Parke Jones.

  • William Hughes

    Military | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10/2/42. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/19/43. Returned to base 10/12/43. Completed tour 11/18/43. Pilot: Cramer.

  • Parke Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/5/43. KIA 12/16/43 (Bremen)- crashed on coast in a British mine field on return in B24#41-23788 "Avenger".

  • Chester Martin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/5/43. Prisoner of War (POW) 12/16/43 (Bremen). Prisoner of War (POW). of B24#41-23788 'Avenger' December 16, 1943. A/C crashed on coast on return. Pilot: Jones.

  • Robert Peterson

    Military | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Robert Peterson served as a navigator with the 44th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Shipdham, England.

  • Anthony Piccolo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW). December 16, 1943 crashed on coast on return in B24#41-23788 'Avenger'. Piccolo and 3 others bailed out over Germany.

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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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

A/C flew on 1 Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returned safely to Libya.

Manufactured Skeffling, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU12, UK 16 December 1943

Pilot Parker H Jones coaxed the damaged A/C back to England, Belly-landed on first open space available, exploded and burned 16 Dec 43 in a minefield on the beach in the mouth of the river Humber, off Skeffling, East Riding, Yorkshire, on a mission to Bremen. 4 POW 6 KIA. MACR 4709.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 20:24:55 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 4709

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 20:15:41 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 4709

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 20:11:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 4709

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