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Harold L Aswell

Military

On 16-February-1943 in B-24D 42-40354 'Snafu' while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 41-23818 'Texan II' 44thBG/67BS off the English coast near Selsey Bill, Sussex en-route to the target at St. Nazaire, France. Both aircraft exploded and crashed into the English Channel. Both crews were killed. Killed in Action (KIA).

Air Medal, Purple Heart

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

  • 42-40354 Snafu

    B-24 Liberator
    B-14D 42-40354 "Snafu" 44BG/66BS was despatched on 16-Feb-43 to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Shortly after leaving the English coast the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D 41-23818 "Texan II" 44BG/67BS off Selsey Bill,...

Missions

  • 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 Dounsvlle, Louisiana
Killed in Action (KIA) Selsey Bill, Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex PO20, UK 16 February 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with another B-24, exploded and crashed into the English Channel en-route to the target at St. Nazaire, France. His remains have never been recovered.

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 November 2017 13:58:49 Lucy May Changes to place associations
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5095 / MACR 5095 & 3202 B / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2015 20:07:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 10-Jun-2015. Correcting typo in Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 21:24:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2015. Confirmed SN and added KIA event per MACR 5095; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Corrected Unit connection, made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position and loss details to Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:08 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5095, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 79, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy p. 50, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams Appendix 4., ABMC web site

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