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Anthony Eden doing a radio broadcast from the airbase at Snetterton Heath (Station 138),Norfolk,England on June 25,1943. Just to the rear of Mr. Eden is standing Lt.Gen. Jacob Devers. The plane being used for the background is "Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS , 44th BG, 8th AF. She was a B-24D Liberator 41-23811 and was a veteran of the August 1,1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

Her crew is standing behind Mr. Eden, they are (L-R):
Capt. Robert W. Miller, F/O Arthur W. Callahan, Lt. Lee E. Zaruba, Lt. Robert R. LaPlace, T/Sgt. William J. Murphy, T/Sgt. Martin J. McDonnell, S/Sgt. Daniel W. Rowland, S/Sgt. Robert G. Newmes, S/Sgt. Hugh J. Malone, S/Sgt. Clarence J. Ducote



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    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

    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


  • Arthur Callahan

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    1 Oct 43 shot down by fighters in B-24D 42-72877 while on detachment to the 9th AF. Crew bailed out over Austria with 4 Killed in Action (KIA) and 6 Prisoner of War (POW)s. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Ducote

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    March 18, 1942 - Ducote entered service and volunteered to be an aerial gunner. He served 14 months overseas. He flew 25 air missions over Holland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Africa. He destroyed one enemy air plane and assisted in downing 13...

  • Robert Laplace

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Hugh Malone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner
    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...

  • Martin McDonnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Pilot of B-24D-5-CO Liberator 41-23811 "Fascinatin' Witch" and veteran of the August 1,43 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

  • William Murphy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer

  • Robert Newmes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner

  • Daniel Rowland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner

  • Lee Zaruba

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator


  • 41-23811 'Fascinatin' Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator 41-23811 "Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF a veteran of the August 1, 1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. ...


  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 20:20:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and mission associations

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