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42-7647

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Returned from Bremen mission 13-Nov-43; Returning from the raid, Lt William H Hart, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. 7 x RTD, 1 x WIA, 2 x KIA. No MACR.

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

People

  • Robert Courtaway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Horey

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clifford Hurst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Fatal crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Earl Knight

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Olsen

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Fatal crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Russell Overly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Procyszyn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) No MACR. ...

  • Jacob Stambaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Returned to Duty (RTD) No MACR. ...

  • Ralph Strait

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crashed in poor visibility near Eastbourne on return from mission to Watten, FR on 2 Feb 1944 in B-24D #41-24282 'Ruth-less'. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 13-Nov-1943 crashed on mile east of base in B24#427647. 2 crew killed, 2 seriously injured and...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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
Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Shipdham, UK 13 November 1943

Returned from Bremen mission 13-Nov-43; Returning from the raid, Lt William H Hart, circled the field and then crashed in some trees near the base. 7 x RTD, 1 x WIA, 2 x KIA. No MACR.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2019 19:35:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.greenharbor.com/ROHPDF/ROHN43.pdf

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