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42-7767

B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Anthony Abad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Russell Alcott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald Gille

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator, Navigator; Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

  • Alvin Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Loyes Knotfs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Kowalski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Hit by flak on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24J #42-99970 'Liberty Belle'. A/c returned to England but crashed upon landing at Wingham, Kent. ...

  • Harvey Meinke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Proulx

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bronko Smilanich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Thom

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    24 1/2 missions. Shot down 8 April 1944 in B-24 #427767 'Shack Rabbit. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I. AM/ PH/ LOM/ POW

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3849 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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