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William T. Auston

Military

On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23771 while serving as Navigator the aircraft made a crash-landing near Puncheston, Pembrokeshire when it ran out of fuel upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. He was uninjured and Returned to Duty (RTD)

On 17 May 1943 in B24-D 42-40130 "Avenger II" while serving as Navigator the aircraft developed engine trouble on a mission to Bordeaux, France. The pilot made the decision to fly the aircraft to Lugo-de-Llanera airfield at Asturias, Spain and the entire crew was interned. They were taken to Gibraltar and returned to England on 8-Aug-43.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40130

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23771

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23771 assigned to 44th BG/66th BS, Thurleigh. Crashed 3-Jan-43 near Puncheston, UK, out of fuel, on return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. The Co-Pilot, 2Lt Dale K. Canfield died on 8-Jan-43 from injuries received in the crash. Aircraft...

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 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

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
Returned to Duty (RTD) Puncheston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62, UK 3 January 1943

On 3-Jan-43 in B-24D 41-23771 the aircraft made a crash-landing near Puncheston, Pembrokeshire when it ran out of fuel upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. He was uninjured and Returned to Duty.

Interned Asturias, Spain 17 May 1943 – 8 August 1943

On 17-May-43 in B-24D 42-40130 "Avenger II" the aircraft developed engine trouble and made a forced landing at Lugo-de-Llanera airfield at Asturias, Spain. He was interned but was taken to Gibraltar and Returned to England on 8-Aug-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2015 21:08:31 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 1-Feb-43. New entry, all information correlated from data in "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE. No MACRs were issued for either event.

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