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41-24024

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator aircraft, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, in the 376th Bomb Group in the U.K. It was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group, temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. It was flown by 1st Lt. Reginald L. Carpenter's crew from the 67th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It was hit by flak and badly damaged over it's target refinery, and was limping home when it was attacked by enemy fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch in the Mediterranean Sea 127 kilometers north of Benghazi, Libya. The men knew ditching a B-24 was usually disastrous, as the aft fuselage would break off when the airplane hit the water, as the thin corrugated, roll up type, bomb bay doors would fail and buckle, letting the ocean water hit the aft bomb bay bulkhead, immediately ripping the fuselage into two pieces, which sank almost immediately, usually drowning the crew. Two of the crew's aircraft gunners, Walter Brown and Fred Durand, both, already badly wounded by flak splinters over Ploesti, were incapacitated or, possibly unconscious, or dead, and were trapped in the sinking aircraft and drowned. The other seven crewmen escaped the sinking B-24 and were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel. Aircraft failed to return (FTR). 2 KIA. 7 RTS. 1 Aug 43. MACR 15859.

Bewitching Witch's crew For The Ploesti Mission :

1st Lt. Reginald L. Carpenter - Pilot - RTS -
2nd Lt. Edwin L. Rumsey Jr. - Copilot - RTS -
2nd Lt. John E. Powell - Navigator - RTS -
2nd Lt. Martin L. Kullman - Bombardier - RTS -
TSgt. Vincent E. Huenerberg - Engineer - RTS -
TSgt. Joseph F. Manquen - Radio Operator - RTS -
SSgt. Rollin C. Looker - Waist gunner - RTS -
SSgt. Walter L. Brown - Waist gunner - KIA -
SSgt. Frederick Durand - Tail gunner - KIA -

Note : After the B-24D, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, was shot down and lost, it's name was given to the B-24J, 42-73065, which was named, Bewitching Witch II. No records found for, 42-73065.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator aircraft, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, in the 376th Bomb Group in the U.K. It was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group, temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission...

  • 41-11620 Edna Elizabeth

    B-24 Liberator
    - The B-24D aircraft, 41-11620, Edna Elisabeth, was originally assigned to the British, as Plane BA9 #13a. It was also in the Halpro Group. ...

  • 41-23724 - Flying Cock - Doodlebug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-23724, named, Flying Cock, and, Doodlebug, from the 512th Bomb Squadron, in the 376th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in the U.K. was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa. Originally assigned to...

  • 42-73065 Bewitching Witch II

    B-24 Liberator
    The Consolidated B-24J-10-CO, 42-73065, No. 23, was in the 376th Bomb Group in Britain. After the B-24D, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, was shot down and lost after being shot down and lost ditching in the Mediterranean Sea on returning to...

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Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Right Side Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Walter Lyndol Brown ...

  • Reginald Carpenter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Command Pilot Lt. Reginald Carpenter took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti, in August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-24024, Bewitching Witch. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Ploesti, and was limping...

  • Frederick Durand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    The B-24 Aircraft Gunner SSgt. Fred Durand took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on Ploesti, August, 1943, flying in the B-24D Liberator, 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Ploesti and was limping home when ...

  • Vincent Huenerberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced...

  • Martin Kullman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Lt. Martin Kullman took part in Operation Tidal Wave, to the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on 1 August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator 41-24024, Bewitching Witch. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target at Ploesti, and...

  • Rollin Looker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced...

  • Joseph Manquen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced...

  • John Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-23112, named, The Captain & His Kids, had an accident upon landing. 3 November 1943. ...

  • Edwin Rumsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24024. The aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, she was limping home when she was caught by fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Ionian Sea 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 43. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, and was limping home when it was attacked by enemy fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi, Libya. Two of the crew were trapped in the flooding aircraft and drowned, the other seven men were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel. MACR 15859.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2022 17:25:42 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2022 00:32:46 Kickapoo Changes to description
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https://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 20:16:44 Kickapoo Changes to description
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https://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 20:07:51 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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376th Bomb Group Archives

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 19:10:25 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 19:08:57 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 18:53:10 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 18:42:37 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2022 18:40:12 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and unit associations
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2022 08:47:39 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Hall of Valor Project - SSgt. Walter Brown - SSgt. Frederick Durand

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2022 02:36:22 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Added details. - Kickapoo

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18 April 2022 02:33:58 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Added details. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2022 02:00:36 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 13:18:44 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 13:08:21 Kickapoo Changes to description
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armyaircorps375bg.com - History - Airplanes

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 12:05:42 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 07:50:19 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 07:48:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 07:40:55 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 15:34:59 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 15859 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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