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42-40375

B-24 Liberator

K for King, commanded by Robert E Miller, led the fourth wave into the dark and fiery target. On his wings were the aircraft of Lasco and that of 1st Lt Scrivner. But when Miller emerged from the target, neither of his wingmen were there. Several crews reported seeing this plane, along with two others, caught in a terrific explosion as they were approaching their target, and then not seeing any of the three ships later. Thomas E. Scrivner’s ship came out in flames with the pilots fighting for a crash-landing. They sledded into a wheat field, but before the slide was spent, the ship exploded into a hundred foot sphere of flame. None of the men that the pilots had so valiantly struggled to save managed to come out of it alive.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Everett Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

  • Wiliam Coll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

  • Hugh Malone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23771 while serving as Waist Gunner the aircraft made a crash-landing at Puncheston, Pembrokeshire when it ran out of fuel upon return from a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. He was not injured and...

  • Marvin Mickey

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

  • Philip Phillips

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Crew member in B-24 #41-24014 'Scrappy' 14 May 1943. FW 190 fighters attacked causing top turret to explode. Shot up plane returned to England with crew safely bailing out. Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' ...

  • Channing Satterfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

  • Thomas Scrivner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    KIA on Ploesti raid while TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

  • Robert Young

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Scrappy II' #4240375

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...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Rumania 1 August 1943

Crashed after overflying explosion from delayed fused bombs from previous wave. Pilot 1st Lt Thomas E Scrivner. All crewmembers KIA. MACR 1646.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 13:03:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 1646 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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