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41-23666

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D-1-CO, 41-23666, [AG:s] named, Hot Freight, was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group, the 330th Bomb Squadron at Hardwick, UK. On 18 Mar 43, the aircraft was dispatched on a mission to bomb the port facilities at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage over the target and crashed near Wardenburg, Germany, near the Kusten Kanal. 9 KIA. 1 POW. 18 Mar 43. MACR 15595.

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Bolle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

  • James Deshotel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18-Mar-43 in B-24 41-23666 'Hot Freight'. Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks. Plane went down west of...

  • Ralph Hanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

  • Herbert Hastings

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief on B-24's 'Hot Freight' and 'The Duchess'. ...

  • Howard Kleinsteuber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Ted's Travelling Circus states the pilot was popular and had the nickname 'Tarzan' because he brought exercise gear and worked out regularly. He was also known for his 'Kraut crewcut' and is pictured getting his hair...

  • Edwin Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

  • Philip Serum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 March 1943. Shot down in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110s as well as flak...

  • John Skall

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

  • Neil Stevens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

  • Robert Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 45

    18 March 1943
    The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Wardenburg, Germany 18 March 1943

Sustained battle damage in attack on Vegesack, Germany and crashed near Wardenburg, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2022 10:05:04 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
Sources

Best Web - 41-23666 - Hot Freight

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2022 09:33:16 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, nicknames and description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 41-23666 - Hot Freight

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2015 20:11:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 3-Aug-2015. Added Nickname Markings and Description based on "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; added FTR event per MACR15595.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 15595 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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