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41-24236

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen. Mid Air Collision with B-24 #501 tail damaged by prop damage, went into a spin and tail parted from fuselage. 10 x KIA. 26-Nov-43. MACR 1501.

Service

Units

People

  • James Beam

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew as pilot of B-24 #4124234 'Mr 5 X 5' on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43.

  • Jack Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-24 #4124234 'Mr. 5 x 5. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Harper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Co Pilot of 41-24234, suffered a mid air collision with #427501 causing the shearing off the entire tail section of A/C causing it to crash, into the sea. Six parachutes were observed streaming out, but none survived. MACR 1501. KIA

  • Charles Krauss

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-24 #4124234 'Mr. 5 x 5. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Markus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-24 #4124234 'Mr. 5 x 5. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Ray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Collided with another aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-24 #4124234 'Mr. 5 x 5. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alexander Trolese

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot of #4124234, suffered a mid air collision with #427501 causing the shearing off the entire tail section of A/C causing it to crash, into the sea. Six parachutes were observed streaming out, but none survived. MACR 1501. KIA

  • Raymond Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member of #4124234, suffered a mid air collision with #427501 causing the shearing off the entire tail section of A/C causing it to crash, into the sea. Six parachutes were observed streaming out, but none survived. MACR 1501. KIA

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...

Places

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Attlebridge, Norwich NR9, UK 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Operation Tidal Wave Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flown to Ploesti 1 Aug 43 by Maj. James Beam and was transferred to the 66th BS immediately following the Ploesti mission.

Transferred Shipdham, UK 2 August 1943 – 26 November 1943

Transferred to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Sea 26 November 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Bremen. Mid Air Collision with B-24 #501 tail damaged by prop damage, went into a spin and tail parted from fuselage. 10 x KIA. 26-Nov-43. MACR 1501.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 18:32:22 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=24234
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Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 01:20:06 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/mr5x5-1.htm

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