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41-23820

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-5-CO 41-23820 was assigned to 480th Anti-Submarine Group/1st Anti-Submarine Squadron at St. Eval, UK. The aircraft was on TDY duty with RAF Coastal Command but under administrative control of VIII Air Support Command. The aircraft was despatched on 26-Feb-43 an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft was shot down by a German fighter and crashed into the sea about 75 miles north-west of Brest, France. All crew lost. 10KIA, No MACR issued.

P 1LT Charles A. Tomlinson (KIA); CP 1LT Clifford R. Oliver (KIA)
N 1LT Samuel J. Parks (KIA); B 1LT Lucian H. Steyne (KIA)
E/TTG SGT Le Roy M. Peck (KIA); AE SGT Jesse J. McCurley, Jr. (KIA)
RO TSGT William L. Dunlap (KIA); AR SGT Wilfred C. Harader (KIA)
ASV TSGT Carl Savlane (KIA); TG SSGT Robert Knezovich (KIA)

Service

People

  • William Dunlap

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Radio Operator. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit...

  • Wilfred Harader

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st Ass while serving as Assistant Radio Operator. The aircrft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/...

  • Robert Knezovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit Stolle...

  • Jesse McCurley

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/ 1st ASS while serving as Assitant Engineer. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit...

  • Clifford Oliver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Co-Pilot. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit Stolle of 8...

  • Samuel Parks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit Stolle of...

  • Le Roy Peck

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of...

  • Carl Savlane

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Air to Surface Vessel Operator | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Air/Surface Vessel Operator. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of...

  • Lucian Steyn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Bombardier. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit Stolle...

  • Charles Tomlinson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 480th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Tomlinson arrived at St. Eval on November 27, 1942. On 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS whiles serving as Pilot. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were...

Missions

  • RAF/VIII Air Support Command ANTI-SUB PATROL

    26 February 1943
    On 26-Feb-43 B-24D 41-23820 480th Anti-Submarine Group/1st Anti-Submarine Squadron was serving with RAF Costal Command and was despatched on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft was shot down by Oblt Stolle of 8/JG 2 about 75...

Places

  • St Eval

    Military site : airfield
    USAAF and US Navy lodger units operated from the base from 1942.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Brest, France 26 February 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft 75 north-west of Brest, France while on an anti-submarine patrol.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 20:59:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added crew position, rank, full proper name and dispostion for all crew memebers and formatted crew display per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 20:41:45 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added NEW aircraft entry per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

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