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41-24121

B-24 Liberator

Failed To Return - while withdrawing over the mountains of Macedonia collided in a cloud bank with B24 41-23717. Although the aircraft entered a dive the pilots managed to briefly recover before crashing in flames East of Brod. 4 gunners bailed out but tail gunners parachute collapsed and he was killed. 3 of the crew taken POW in Bulgaria. MACR 462.

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Nelson Collins

    Military | Flight Officer | Observer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let er Rip' #4124121 DFC/ PH

  • John Crimmins

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Eugene Engdahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 ' Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Edward Haller

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Claude Ipher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Clifford Koen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Bulgaria. Shot down on 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Harold Murray

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Louis Nicholson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Victor Olliffe

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

  • Edgar Pearson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Let 'er Rip' #4124121

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Macedonia (FYROM) 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - while withdrawing over the mountains of Macedonia collided in a cloud bank with B24 41-23717. Although the aircraft entered a dive the pilots managed to briefly recover before crashing in flames East of Brod. 4 gunners bailed out but tail gunners parachute collapsed and he was killed. 3 of the crew taken POW in Bulgaria. MACR 462.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 11:28:05 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 11:15:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 462 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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