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41-24278

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) hit by flak over Kiel, Germany, and shortly after all four engines stopped. It crashed into the Baltic Sea south of Ærø, Denmark. 3 x KIA, 7 x POW. 14-May-43. MACR

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bishop

    Military | Major | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft III and moved to Stalag 17 at Munich 48-11. His usual plane was the Suzy Q. But this was being repaired that day. He flew over 20 missions. He was a...

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned initially at Mooseburg 7A and moved to several workcamps ending at Munich 48-11 .

  • Richard Cate

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Holden Haywood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3. Note: NARA spells first name as HAlden. POW

  • Roy Klingler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Killed in Action (KIA). DFC, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • George Millhousen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Susan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' His account is featured on p. 66 in Lundy. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17. . POW

  • August Ullrich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner; Assistant Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Gilbert Wandtke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 #4124278 'Miss Delores. ' Wandtke was wounded with shrapnel in his knee by a flak burst. Communication in the plane was cut off, but the wounded Wandtke fought his way to the back of the a/c to warn tail gunners to bail...

  • Hartley Westbrook

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-24 41-24278 'Miss Delores. ' Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3. POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

Places

  • 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
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Ærø, Denmark. 14 May 1943

B-24 41-24278 "Miss Delores" was hit by flak over Kiel, Germany, and shortly after all four engines stopped. It crashed into the Baltic Sea south of Ærø, Denmark.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 20:48:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38632502

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2016 20:11:09 Alex-5872-dk Changes to nicknames, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

www.airmen.dk & www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 16558 / MACR 16599 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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