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John B Long

Military

On January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23808 'Texan' while serving as Pilot he crash-landed the aircraft in field near Aberporth airfield, Cardiganshire, returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Lundy credits Long's skillful piloting in the return of all crew members. 11RTD. No MACR.

On 16-February 1943, while serving as Pilot of B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' exploded and crashed into the sea off Selsey Bill, Sussex after sustaining mid-air collision with B24D 42-40354 'Snafu' 44BG/67BS. Killed in Action (KIA).

1st Lieutenant J.B. Long was born March 11, 1920, and was the son of Ben and Goldena Long. His hometown was May, Oklahoma.
On February 16, 1943, he was the pilot of B-24 tail #41-23818 (known variously as “Texan II” and “Miss Marcie Ann” of the 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over the English Channel after a mid-air collision with another B-24 from its Group.
His remains were never recovered.

Service

Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 41-23818 Texan II & Bela

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24F 41-23818 "Texan II" and once named "Bela" was assigned to 44BG/67BS. The aircraft was despatched to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Shortly after leaving the English coast off of Selsey Bill, Sussex, the aircraft sustained a mid-air...

  • 41-23808 Texan

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-24998 "Texan" was assigned to the 44BG/67BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 3-Jan-43 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed at Aperporth airfield,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

Associated Place

  • 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
Born May, Oklahoma, USA 11 March 1920

1st Lieutenant J.B. Long was born March 11, 1920, and was the son of Ben and Goldena Long. His hometown was May, Oklahoma.

Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 16 February 1943

Killed in 16-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23818 "Texan II" when aircraft had a mid-air collision with B-24D 42-40354 "Snafu" and crashed into the sea off of Selsey Bill, Sussex. His remains have never been recovered.

On February 16, 1943, he was the pilot of B-24 tail #41-23818 (known variously as “Texan II” and “Miss Marcie Ann” of the 44th Bomb Group, 67th Bomb Squadron, when it went down over the English Channel after a mid-air collision with another B-24 from its Group.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 22:14:59 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 21:40:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added decorations , SN and rank per MACR 4607 for B-24D 41-23818 MIA 16-Feb-43; Added RTD event based on existing Description data ; Added KIA event of 16-Feb-43 per MACR 4697; Edited Description to chronological order and details per 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place, 2 aircraft and two Missions within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4697 & 3302 A / MACR 4697, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 61-62, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. 41, 50, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams pp.27, 32. / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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