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41-24225

B-24 Liberator

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943.

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

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

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.

  • Michael Balazovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. ...

  • 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

  • Robert Bowyer

    Military | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 6/19/43. ...

  • Robert Fisher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. ...

  • 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

  • Bill Gearhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. ...

  • Homer Gentry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 4/20/43 from the RAF. ...

  • 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).

  • James Goza

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. ...

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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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

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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