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41-24225

B-24 Liberator

Lost 24 Feb 44 on her 42nd mission. Crashed in a small village south of Gotha. Pilot Lt Phillip W Bell, 4 POW, 6 KIA. MACR 2922. Eye witness noted that after bombing the target, Gotha, Germany, this aircraft was hit by prop wash and fell out of formation. Enemy aircraft concentrated their attacks on this A/C and it began to struggle. Six chutes were seen to come out of the A/C before it was seen to explode at approximately 1328 hours.

Service

Units

People

  • David Alexander

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/16/43. Completed tour 8/10/44. Trans/ 93 CBW 4/28/44. Flew on 'Ploesti 'raid on 1 Aug 43 Retired as Lt Col.

  • Phillip Bell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Freeburgh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Gleason

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined the 44th on 31-Jan-44 and was shot down 3 weeks later. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach on a mission to an A/C factory at Gotha on 24-Feb-44 in B-24D 41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • James Hammontree

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, Germany on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wiley Haynes

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, Germany on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #4124225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA). KIA

  • James King

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 31 January 1944. Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Antonio Milillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Schroeder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after falling out of formation and crashed near Eisenbach, GR on a mission to an a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24225 'Flak Alley'. Prisoner of War (POW). Remained POW until liberation 1945. Dad was NOT...

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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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Participated in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, Returned to Libya. Pilot David W Alexander.

Failed to Return (FTR) Gotha, Germany 24 February 1944

Lost 24 Feb 44 on her 42nd mission. Crashed in a small village south of Gotha. Pilot Lt Phillip W Bell, 4 POW, 6 KIA. MACR 2922

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 16:10:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2922 / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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

MACR 2922 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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