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41-11591

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #41-11591 'Lorraine' 513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, piloted by William R. Zimmerman, returned safely to Libya. Renamed from 'Queen Bee'.
Later transferred to the 450th Bomb Group, was on flight from Casablanca to RAF St. Mawgan in Cornwall Mar 29, 1944. Due to fog, aircraft was unable to locate St. Mawgan and was diverted to Fairwood Common. Unable to descend because of clouds, crew was ordered to bail out. Four did so and landed safely. However, the flight engineer refused to jump, possibly due to the low altitude. The pilot had to try and crash-land the plane, the plane passed over the airfield, lost height, smashed through a guard hut, and came to rest with its nose embedded in the hedgebank. Pilot survived the crash but the flight engineer had forgotten to buckle
himself into the copilot's seat was thrown through the windscreen on impact and died in hospital 3 days later.

Service

Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, piloted by William R Zimmerman, returned safely to Libya.

Crashed Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Swansea, Swansea SA2 7JU, UK 29 March 1944

Was on flight from Casablanca to RAF St. Mawgan in Cornwall Mar 29, 1944. Due to fog, aircraft was unable to locate St. Mawgan and was diverted to Fairwood Common. Unable to descend because of clouds, crew was ordered to bail out. Four did so and landed safely. However, the flight engineer refused to jump, possibly due to the low altitude. The pilot had to try and crash-land the plane, the plane passed over the airfield, lost height, smashed through a guard hut, and came to rest with its nose embedded in the hedgebank. Pilot survived the crash but the flight engineer had forgotten to buckle himself into the copilot's seat was thrown through the windscreen on impact and died in hospital 3 days later.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

Assigned

Later transferred to the 450th Bomb Group.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 14:24:47 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
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Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 14:23:26 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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