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Hugh J Malone


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 Returned to Duty.

On 1 August 1943 in B-24D 42-40375 "Scrappy II" 44BG/66BS while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was severely damaged by AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Columbia Aguila oil complex at Ploesti, Romania. The 44th BG was flying out of Bernina, Libya at the time and assigned for Temporary Duty (TDY) with 9th Air Force.

The aircraft was set on fire and crashed in a field near Cocoic, Romania. All 9 of the crew were Killed in Action and buried at Cocioc, Romania. After the war the remains of the pilot, 1Lt Thomas A. Scrivner, were re-interred at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 10, Grave 38. The remains of the other 8 crew, including SSgt Malone could not be positively identified but the remains of all 8 were repatriated for group burial at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, Missouri. His name is listed on 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties.


Units served with

  • 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


  • 42-40375 'Scrappy II'

    B-24 Liberator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943. ...

  • 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...


  • 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...

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Muncie, IN, USA
Returned to Duty (RTD) Puncheston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62, UK 3 January 1943

Aboard B-24D 41-23771 when it made a crash-landing near Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, out of fuel, upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. He was not injured and Returned to Duty.

Killed in Action (KIA) Biserica Cocioc, Strada Bisericii, Periș, Romania 8 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by AA fire and crashed in flames at Cocioc, Romania.

Buried Jefferson Barracks, 533 Grant Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125, USA 1945

Originally buried at Cocioc, Romania. After the war his remains were repatriated along with 7 others of this crew for a Group Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 10:28:01 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 03:26:57 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

cross referenced info from photo caption

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 14:19:13 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 21:02:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 5-Feb-2015. Added crew position, highest rank Biography per MACR 1646 for B-24D 42-40375; Added RTD, KIA event, Burial event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; Made connections to Place, 2 Aircraft and 2 Missions within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:24 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61, MACR 3301, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy p. 38, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams p.27