Memorial at Taverham Mill Fisheries. Remains of the aircraft are still in the lake.
Turnip Termite, B24H 41-29418: Original noseart by Clayton Hutsell 486th BG 835th SQ 8thAAF. The aircraft was transferred from the 486th to the 44th on 17 April 1944. and renamed Pappy's Chillun. It crashed in the 21st of April, with the loss of all crew except the pilot and co-pilot.
Joined Sqd 3/14/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 4/21/44 (Hamm). Pilot: Havens.
Killed when Pappy’s Chillun, B-24H #42-29418, crashed during assembly. ”It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart.” (44thbombgroup.com) The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mills. On 21 April 2001, 57 years after the crash, a memorial was dedicated on the property.
Units served with
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...
crashed due to structural failure 21 Apr 1944, 1 mi NE Ringland Hills, England
||11 October 1922
||Taverham Mill Lakes
||21 April 1944
||Topeka, KS, USA
Plot: Sec 91