Anthony Eden doing a radio broadcast from the airbase at Snetterton Heath (Station 138),Norfolk,England on June 25,1943. Just to the rear of Mr. Eden is standing Lt.Gen. Jacob Devers. The plane being used for the background is "Fascinatin' Witch" from the 66th BS , 44th BG, 8th AF. She was a B-24D Liberator 41-23811 and was a veteran of the August 1,1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.
Her crew is standing behind Mr. Eden, they are (L-R):
Capt. Robert (E). Miller, F/O Arthur W. Callahan, Lt. Lee E. Zaruba, Lt. Robert R. LaPlace, T/Sgt. William J. Murphy, T/Sgt. Martin J. McDonnell, S/Sgt. Daniel W. Rowland, S/Sgt. Robert G. Newmes, S/Sgt. Hugh J. Malone, S/Sgt. Clarence J. Ducote
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
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...
Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943.
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...
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...
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...
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...
||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.
||Jefferson Barracks, 533 Grant Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125, USA
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.