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41-24232

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #41-24232 'Calaban' of 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Malta. Later lost on 11th Dec 43 raid to Emden Industrial area, pilot Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was known for his violent evasive actions on bomb runs, this put him below #42-72878 whose bombs struck the A/C at the #4 engine shearing the wing off and also the tail. 'Calaban' went down with all but one crew members crashing on land near the Emden estuary. 9 KIA 1 POW. MACR 1653.

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Units

People

  • Norbert Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Boyd Boggess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Chayka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Served as Crew Chief on 'Calaban'. Saved airplanes on ground by putting out fire.

  • George Grimes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Hagmann

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Kennon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julian Lester

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert McAdams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Interned in Turkey. Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Horse Fly' #4240267 Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard O'Neill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Shaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Malta.

Failed to Return (FTR) Emden, Germany 11 December 1943

A/C lost on 11th Dec 43 raid to Emden Industrial area, pilot Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was known for his violent evasive actions on bomb runs, this put him below #42-72878 whose bombs struck the A/C at the #4 engine shearing the wing off and also the tail. 'Calaban' went down with all but one crew members crashing on land near the Emden estuary. 9 KIA 1 POW. MACR 1653.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 18:30:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1653 / http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 18:17:02 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1653 / http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 18:13:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1653 / http://www.findagrave.com

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

MACR 1653 / MACR 1961 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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