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68th Bomb Squadron

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  • 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...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Shipdham

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People

  • Howard Abehouse

    Military | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 3/5/44. Transferred to 66th BS 7/1/44. Pilot: Torell.

  • Abe Aberjanian

    Military | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 7/6/44. Completed tour 12/31/44. Pilot: Van Dyke.

  • Howard Abeshouse

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Isaac Abeyta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    ETO/ Queen Mary 9/5/42. Home/ Queen Mary 6/16/45. ...

  • Vanig Abrahamian

    Military | Flight Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 7/6/44. Completed tour 12/11/44. Trans to ZOI 12/21/44. Pilot: Zerman.

  • Ernest Abrahamson

    Military | Airplane Propeller Specialist | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 5/14/42. ETO/Queen Mary 9/5/42. Home/Queen Mary 6/16/45

  • Trent Ackerman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 11/10/44. Completed 28 missions. Returned to ZOI 5/30/45. Flew 42-95001 home.

  • Gordon Ackley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 6/19/43. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/16/43. WIA 10/1/43 (Weiner-Neustadt). Returned to Base via ATC 10/4/43. Pilot: Kessler. Flew on Ploesti Raid. On the October 1, 1943, when he was wounded,the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC. On a mission to...

  • Carl Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 16 August 1944. Shot down 18 October 1944 in AC #4250596. Killed in Action (KIA). B-24 was 'Flak Magnet'

  • John Adams

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10/2/42. Trans prior to 6/26/43. Pilot: Phillips.

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Aircraft

  • 41-23690

    B-24 Liberator
    On 27-Jan-43 B-24D 41-23690, 44BG/68BS was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to find the target because of weather and navigation problems. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with and...

  • 41-23776 Spirit of 76

    B-24 Liberator
    On 27-Jan-43 B-24D 41-23776 "Spirit of 76" was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to located the target due to weather and navigation problems. The aircraft was attacked by fighters and shot down...

  • 41-23786

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23786 was assigned to 44th Bomb Group, 68th Bomb Squadron at Shipdham. Shot down by German fighters 6-December-1942 on a mission to bomb the German airfield Drucat at Abbeville, France. 10KIA. First loss for 44th Bomb Group. MACR 2920. ...

  • 41-23813 'Victory Ship'

    B-24 Liberator
    Was lost on January 21,1944 mission to bomb V-weapons sites in the Pas-de-Calais, France area. Repeatedly attacked by fighters until 3 of the engines were knocked out, the co-pilot was killed and the pilot was wounded. With the co-pilot slumped over...

  • 41-23816 'Black Jack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wiener Nuestadt Bf109 assembly works. Hit by flak and with bomb bay on fire, A/C went into uncontrolable spin and crashed. 1-Oct-43. 5 x KIA 6 x POW. MACR 3312.

  • 41-23819 Rugged Buggy

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23819 'Rugged Buggy" 44BG/66BS, Shipdham was shot down 14-May-43 on a mission to bomb the port facilities at Kiel. Germany. The aircraft crashed at Eckenforde, Germany. 2KIA 8POW MACR 15509. ...

  • 41-24225 'Flak Alley'

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost 24 Feb 44 on her 42nd mission. Crashed in a small village south of Gotha. Pilot Lt Phillip W Bell, 4 POW, 6 KIA. MACR 2922. Eye witness noted that after bombing the target, Gotha, Germany, this aircraft was hit by prop wash and fell out of...

  • 41-29139

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29471

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29544

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:44:25 rossingtonj Changes to type
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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