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41-23740

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group, B-24H #41-23740 had been flown from the United States and delivered to the 2nd Bomb Wing on 2 December 1942. On 25 February 1943, the Liberator, piloted by 93rd BG pilot Jacob B. Epting, was being ferried from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to England. Short of fuel, the pilot had to crash-land it near Tiztoutine, Spanish Morocco. All 15 men on board, crew and passengers, safe. Arrested and brought to Spain, where they were detained, the last ones getting back to England in June 1943. Those on board were Pilot 1st Lt Jacob B. Epting, Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Homer L. Moran, Bombardier 2nd Lt Albert C. Naum, Navigator Sgt Edward E. Weir, Radio Operator Sgt Dell W. Kettering, Engineer Sgt Alexander S. Halbridge, Gunner/Assistant Radio Operator Sgt James W. Holliday, Gunner Sgt Richard G. Ryan, Sgt Ples W. Norwood, 93rd BG ground crew member George F. Metcalf and passengers 2nd Lt Harold K. Kendall, Sgt Lyman L. Dulin, Sgt George T. McLaughlin and Sgt Ben Kuroki. There is no Missing Air Crew Report as the aircraft was not on an operational mission. Aircraft was flown to Spain by Spanish Air Force.

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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Baker

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, Baker flew as a passenger B24 41-23740. 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in...

  • Lyman Dulin

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, Dulin was a passenger on B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in...

  • Jacob Epting

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Jacob Epting is listed as Jake Jr in the US 1940 census and his Father as Jake. NARA’s WWII Enlistment records have him as Jacob. Jacob/Jake Jr graduated from Tupelo High School in 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in early 1941, he trained...

  • Alex Halbridge

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to fly out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this incident....

  • James Holliday

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to fly out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this incident....

  • Harold Kendall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Harold Kendall was assigned to the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron and flew missions from England until the 93rd was temporarily assigned to fly out of North Africa in support of the Allied forces in that theater. On February 25, 1943, B-24...

  • Dell Kettering

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Dell Kettering was on board B-24 # 41-23740 of the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron when it was being ferried from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to England on 25 February 1943. Short of fuel, the pilot, Lt Jacob (Jake) B. Epting, had to crash...

  • Ben Kuroki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 #41-24105, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Second generation Japanese. Finished war as one of most highly decorated sergeants in WW II. Believed to be only enlisted man to fight in three theaters (Western...

  • George Metcalf

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground crew | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to North Africa, on February 25, 1943, flew as a passenger on B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this...

  • Homer Moran

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    While assigned temporarily to fly out of North Africa, on February 25, 1943, B24 41-23740 'Red Ass' was forced to land in Spanish Morocco. The crew was interned. Chapter 10 of Ted's Travelling Circus chronicles their adventures in this incident. He was...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 11:45:07 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Corrected Sgt Ryan's middle initial : G instead oc C, in the caption of UPL 20447

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 14:41:57 ED-BB Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and media associations
Sources

Research on Lt Jacob Epting led to this aircraft

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