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41-23737

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF named 'Eager Beaver'. Transferred to 704BS, 446th BG, 8AF USAAF. Became 446th Group's first assembly ship and was re-named 'Fearless Freddie'. It cracked up in Oct 44.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 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...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 704th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ripley Archer

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Howard Day

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Violas Flanary

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew 29 missions on 'Eager Beaver'

  • Roscoe Grisham

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Lent

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew 29 missions on the 'Eager Beaver' Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster ;DFC' EAME Ribbon; Amer. Defense Service Medal

  • Frank Rinehart

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew 29 missions on 'Eager Beaver'

  • Rupert Thacker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Plane was B-24 41-23737 'Eager Beaver. ' Completed 25 missions Air Medal and others

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

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

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Alconbury, Huntingdon PE28, UK 1943 – February 1944

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF

Crashed Bircham Newton, King's Lynn PE31, UK 24 July 1943

Landing Accident RAF Bircham Newton Cat 4 damage Lt Thomas B Rell, 24-Jul-43.

328BS 93BG 8AF

Transferred Flixton, Bungay NR35, UK February 1944

Transferred to 704BS, 446th BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assembly Ship Flixton, Bungay NR35, UK 24 February 1944 – October 1944

Became 446th Group's first assembly ship and was re-named 'Fearless Freddie'.

Crashed Warton, Preston PR4, UK 16 June 1945

Taxiing Accident Warton/Sta 582 Cat 3 damage Lt Howard E Day, 16-Jun-45.

BAD2 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 14:20:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/fearlessfreddie2.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=41-23737&Submit4=Go

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