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42-40973

B-24 Liberator

B-24 #42-40973 "Battleaxe" 415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF, flew 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Charles A Sayler, returning safely to Libya.
13th Nov 42, A/C flew through inaccurate flak and German fighter attacks which petered out the moment the P-38 escort fighters joined the fight. The port of Bremen was bombed at 11.47. A/C was hit by either flak or fighters and one engine was trailing smoke. Over the North Sea it started to glide out of formation, but under control. This was when the Bomb Group was within 20 minutes flying time to the English coast. No one had seen it crash or ditch, but in the following days and weeks, the bodies of five crew members washed ashore on the Dutch coast. 5 KIA 5 MIA/KIA. MACR 1375.
Crew:
Pilot 1st Lt. Harlan C Almlie, MN, Co Pilot 2nd Lt William E. Hacker, MA
Navigator 2nd Lt Joseph L Schexnayder, Garyville, LA, Bombardier 2nd Lt Walter J Seiler, IL
Engineer T/Sgt Donald A Davis, IL, Radio Op. T/Sgt Everett E Permar, IN
Belly Gun S/Sgt George W Iorgov, TX, RW Gunner S/Sgt John L Towning, CA,
LW Gunner S/Sgt John V Lundstrom, IN, Tail Turret S/Sgt Frederick A Robinson, NY.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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

  • Harlan Almlie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Gover

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    HIS HEART WAS BRAVE HE WAS UNAFRAID FOR HIS WAS THE SOUL WHICH HEROES ARE MADE.

  • William Hacker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Iorgov

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40973 'Battle Axe'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Lundstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Everett Permar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Schexnayder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Seiler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 13 November 1943 in B-24 #4240973 'Battle Axe. ' Killed in Action (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 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 ...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Charles A Sayler, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 13 November 1943

13th Nov 42, A/C flew through inaccurate flak and German fighter attacks which petered out the moment the P-38 escort fighters joined the fight. The port of Bremen was bombed at 11.47. A/C was hit by either flak or fighters and one engine was trailing smoke. Over the North Sea it started to glide out of formation, but under control. This was when the Bomb Group was within 20 minutes flying time to the English coast. No one had seen it crash or ditch, but in the following days and weeks, the bodies of five crew members washed ashore on the Dutch coast. 5 KIA 5 MIA/KIA. MACR 1375.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 17:25:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1375 / http://usaafdata.com

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

MACR 1375 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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