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41-24234

B-24 Liberator

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

2nd Lt Alexander Trolese, pilot of 41-24234 (MR. 5 X 5), was flying close formation with the plane flown by 1st Lt J. G. Cary (42-7501). Apparently, MR. 5 X 5 was caught in the propwash of the planes ahead and was forced up into a collision with 42-7501 ("Bing's Big Box") . The propellers cut and sheared off the entire tail section of MR. 5 X 5 causing it to crash, apparently into the sea. Six parachutes were observed coming out of MR. 5 X 5 on its descent, but no one survived. MACR 1501.

“Bing’s Big Box” recovered from a subsequent spin and returned to base without injuries.

“I have always felt that the other aircraft had lost its place in the formation and was trying to tuck itself back into the squadron some place. It slid out from underneath us and came up on the right side of our plane bringing its tail into contact with our #4 engine. It immediately went down out of our sight” -2nd Lt. Robert L. Lee, Co-Pilot of “Bing’s Big Box”.

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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron
  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Appledorn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret 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

  • James Beam

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew as pilot of B-24 41-24234 "Mr 5 X 5", on Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43.

  • Ernest Cutshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43. ...

  • Jack Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bombardier 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

  • 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

  • Thomas Hyde

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24234. ...

  • Lawrence Kallal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24234. ...

  • Charles Krauss

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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

  • Gordon Marcouiller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Navigator of 41-24234, suffered a mid air collision with 42-7501 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

  • Edward Markus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist 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

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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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 November 1943

2nd Lt Alexander Trolese, pilot of 41-24234 (MR. 5 X 5), was flying close formation with the plane flown by 1st Lt J. G. Cary (42-7501). Apparently, MR. 5 X 5 was caught in the propwash of the planes ahead and was forced up into a collision with 42-7501. The propellers cut and sheared off the entire tail section of MR. 5 X 5 causing it to crash, apparently into the sea. Six parachutes were observed coming out of MR. 5 X 5 on its descent, but no one survived. MACR 1501.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 15:06:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2015 18:41:01 bryan_lineberry Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

"Roll of Honor and Casualties." 44th Bomb Group - - World War II. Web. 1 July 2015.

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 10:30:37 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1501

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 10:25:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1501

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

MACR 1501 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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