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41-23674

B-24 Liberator

329BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk. Pilot: Packer, Leon C. Notes: landing accident. Location: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage).

856BS / 492BG of Harrington, Northamptonshire. Pilot: Stanislaus, Glen L. Notes: landing accident. Location: Watton, Norfolk England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3

856BS / 492BG of Harrington, Northamptonshire. Pilot: Larry, Robert N. Notes: landing accident. Location: Harrington, Northamptonshire England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 4

Service

Units

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron
  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Ahlborn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    On 4/16/43 mission to Brest, Plane 41-23874 'Ball of Fire Junior' badly shot up . Most of crew bailed out, but plane was gotten under control and pilot landed it at St Eval an RAF base. Not injured in crash. ...

  • Hal Bilyeu

    Military | Major | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. 2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674.

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4241004 'The Urgin Virgin. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • J O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674

  • Leon Packer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674. Later on April 16, 1943 Packer would crash land battle damaged B-24 41-23874, "Ball of Fire...

  • Fred Reynolds

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2017 11:56:02 general ira snapsorter Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, description and unit associations
Sources

New entry added with details from:
- http://www.8thafhs.com/search.php;
- ‘Losses of the US 8th & 9th Air Forces’, Bishop and Hey - Vol 1.

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