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Dreenhill

Crash site

Detailed history

On 3 January 1943, B-24 Liberator 41-23806 was returning from a raid on St Nazaire. The aircraft had been wrongly led over the coast of Pembrokeshire by the B-17 Flying Fortresses taking part in the mission, and was running low on fuel. Two of the aircraft's engines stalled and the crew attempted a forced landing near Dreenhill, when a third engine stalled causing the aircraft to crash.

One of the crew was killed instantly, while the other injured airmen were taken to the War Memorial Hospital at Haverfordwest. Two of the wounded were transported back to the US, where they died in hospitals shortly after.

A plaque was erected in June 1994 to commemorate the crash.

Connections

People

  • Thomas Deavenport

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8-Mar42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10-Feb-42. Killed in Action (KIA) 3-Jan-43 (St. Nazaire). Pilot: Erwin. January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St....

  • Roy Erwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/20/42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10/2/42. ...

  • John Gavin

    Military | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ETO/Queen Mary 9/5/42. Injured 1/3/43 (St. Nazaire). Serious injury in crash. Returned to USA Hospital. Pilot: Erwin. January 3, 1943 B-24 #4123806 'Bat Out of Hell' crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards...

  • George Kelsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3-Jan-43 in B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" while serving as Waist Gunner her was injured when the aircraft crash-landed near Haverfordwest when it ran out of fuel returning from a mission the St. Nazaire, France ...

  • Thomas Laskowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    B-17E-BO 41-9032 'My Gal Sal', piloted by Ralph H. Stinson, crash-landed along the coast of Greenland 27 June, 1942. All crew were rescued uninjured and plane was salvaged. ...

  • Lanville McCarty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3-Aug-42. WIA 25-Nov-43 (St Nazaire). On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Waist Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France....

  • Delbert Perry

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Engineer; Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized...

  • Robert Reasoner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized and...

  • Hylan Simmons

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash....

  • Clarke Swanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    January 3, 1943 B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Swanson was killed.

Aircraft

  • 41-23806 Bat out of Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" was assigned to 44BG/68BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched 3-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed south-west of...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2019 14:31:09 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

West Wales War Memorial Project

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