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41-24201

B-24 Liberator

Received 4th Mar 43. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Assigned to the 801st BG (P) 28th Feb 44 after conversion by BAD 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44). Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

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...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1

    Headquarters

  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Lyle Davenport

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

  • Thomas Flaherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Ploesti 1 August 1943. On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3...

  • Lemuel Fleming

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at...

  • Oliver Germann

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

  • Edgar Hamel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and with the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft,...

  • Elwood Harbison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • David McCash

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Warren Morrison

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

  • William Strong

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On August 16, 1943, landed in Malta in 'Baldy and His Brood' ac # 42-24201 on the mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. After about 20 attacks by German aircraft and the crew shooting down at least 3 German aircraft, pilot...

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

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

  • 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
Delivered Shipdham, Norfolk, UK 4 March 1943

Received 4th Mar 43.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

A/C flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya.

Converted Burtonwood, Warrington, UK 14 February 1944 – 28 February 1944

conversion by Base Air Depot 1 (14th Feb - 28th Feb 44).

Assigned RAF Harrington, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 28 February 1944

Assigned to the 801st BG 28th Feb 44.

Salvaged 24 June 1945

Salvaged 24th Jun 45.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 14:03:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / USAAF Photo

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