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41-23874

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Ahlborn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    On 4/16/43 mission to Brest, Plane 41-23874 'Ball of Fire Junior' badly shot up . Most of crew bailed out, but plane was gotten under control and pilot landed it at St Eval an RAF base. Not injured in crash. ...

  • Hal Bilyeu

    Military | Major | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. 2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674.

  • Parkman Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 April 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Earl Hurd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew as pilot of B-24D #41-23810 'Tarfu', on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. April 16, 1943 co piloted for Capt Packer. Crash landed battle damaged B-24 #41-23874, 'The Yard Bird' with all but one crew member surviving.

  • William Komarak

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Injured on mission to Brest, France, April 16, 1943. Awarded Silver Star by CO Edward (Ted) Timberlake for gallantry (re Stewart ) CPT. Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 41-23874, with all but one crew member surviving. Silver Star

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4241004 'The Urgin Virgin. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Leon Packer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674. Later on April 16, 1943 Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 41-23874, "Ball of Fire...

  • James Poe

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    April 16, 1943 on board as CPT Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 41-23874. the Yard Bird with all but one crew member surviving.

  • Nfn Wolf

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    April 16, 1943 was on ac piloted by Packer which would crash land as battle damaged. Wolf had been injured onboard The B-24 41-23874. The Yard Bird landed in England with all but one crew member surviving.

  • Ernest Wurm

    Military | Sergeant | AR | 93rd Bomb Group
    April 16, 1943 CPT Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 41-23874. the Yard Bird with all but one crew member surviving. Wurm had been injured on the mission.

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hardwick, Cambridge CB23, UK 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Brest, France 16 April 1943

Battle damaged on 16-Apr-43. Crash landed at RAF St. Eval. 1 KIA, 9 RTD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2017 15:46:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Amendments from 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces', Bishop & Hey. No MACR.

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 14:37:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=2516&PHPSESSID=7f1896...

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 15:55:18 dan35 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number and nicknames
Sources

http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/pertes_usaaf_finiste...

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