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41-28778

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Hit by flak just after bombs away, causing a fire in the bomb bay and taking out #3 engine. A/C edged out of formation and dove straight down exploding in mid air and crashed at Viernhsim 31-Jul-44. 11 x RTD, 2 x KIA. MACR 7747.

"The Liberator “Hula Wahina II” of pilot Emil Berry was hit by flak over Ludwigshafen on 31 July 1944. The crew members parachuted along the line Idar-Oberstein - St. Wendel - Saarbrücken out of their bomber. Waist gunner Rudy Huddleston landed near Idar-Oberstein (Birkenfeld County), other crewmembers came down near Neunkirchen and Saarbrücken. Three of these men, among them the pilot, were shot by the SS in Saarbrücken. The empty ship hit the ground near Remereville (near Nancy) in France. Huddleston died in 1989".

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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Emil Berry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by flak and crashed at Dudweiler in B-24 Hula Wahine II 42-52467. ...

  • William Buchsbaum

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 from B-24 41-28778. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Carswell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Dudweiller on 7/31/44 in B-24 Hula Wahine II #4252467 POW

  • Everett Cayford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 25th mission in B-24 41-28778, 31-Jul-44. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft IV. During the winter of 1945 was forced to march west through Germany. Spent 3 weeks in German hospital and had surgery for appendicitis and other...

  • Thomas Comi

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 from B-24 41-28778. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Good

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Dudweiler in B-24 Hula Wahine II #4252467

  • Virgil Huddleston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed at Dudweiler on 7/31/44 in B-24 Hula Wahine II 42-52467 POW

  • John Jircitano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 in B-24 41-28778. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Louis Koch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Viernhsim in B-24 41-28778 Killed in Action (KIA). Fighting fire in bomb bay with S/Sgt Marshall A Tharpe when a chute opened catching fire and engulfing them both. Awards: PH.

  • Michael Koussa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and baled out Viernhsim on 31-Jul-44 from B24 41-28778. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, CA, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered California, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Hethel, Norwich NR14, UK 1943 – 31 July 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Viernheim, Germany 31 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Shot down by flak and crashed at Viernhsim 31-Jul-44. 11 x RTD, 2 x KIA. MACR 7747.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2019 13:43:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

http://www.flugzeugabstuerze-saarland.de/html/idar-oberstein.html

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 11:24:00 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28778
https://www.fold3.com/image/29436106

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 20:23:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28778
https://www.fold3.com/image/29436106

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7747 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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