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41-29147

B-24 Liberator

Originally assigned to 44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron; transferred to 446th Bomb Group 707th Bomb Squadron where it was damaged on landing Bungay, England 29 Jan 1944.

Sad Sack was hit by flak on 5 Jan 44 with minor damage.

From Ray Bowden, USAAF Nose Art Research Project:

"On 28 January on a non-combat flight it landed at Bungay and its left main undercarriage collapsed, according to the accident report. Flown on that date by Lt R E Paltz. The B24 was finally declared as beyond repair on 8 February and listed as salvaged by 446BG at Bungay the following day. The full accident report should be available from the National Archives.
It seems highly likely that “Black Widow” was a replacement for Garber’s crew when they went down on 4 Feb."

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Buckingham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

  • Elmer Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

  • John Carmody

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    On 4 Feb 1944 shot down near Bray Sur Somme France. "Black Widow" (42-7542) was the replacement ship for "Sad Sack" (41-29147) which was damaged in a crash on a noncombat flight about a week before the 4 Feb 44 mission.

  • Richard Denton

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner, Tail Gunner; Asstistant Radio operator | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

  • Marvin Garber

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his 10th mission by fighters on the return from a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-24H #42-7542 'Black Widow'. Plane crashed SE of Albert, FR. MACR #2248. KIA. ...

  • Robert Kidwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

  • Norwood Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

  • Robert Paltz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road, Returned (RTD). ...

  • Alva Songer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road, Returned (RTD). ...

  • Earl Springstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    On 28 Jan 1944 on landing from an operational mission, B-24H #41-29147 'Sad Sack' landed short of the runway and crashed into a bank along a road. RTD. ...

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Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2020 17:17:15 Scotsman Changes to description
Sources

Ray Bowden, USAAF Nose Art Research Project...quote from his response to my email inquiry on fate of Sad Sack, 18 Sept. 2020. This establishes that Sad Sack was not available for the 4 Jan 1944 mission and Black Widow was substituted.

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2020 15:41:51 Scotsman Changes to description
Sources

Archival data from B24bestweb and from 446BG website. The accident took place a week before the mission, in which Sad Sack crew shot down (4 Feb44). I am convinced that it was Black Widow which German Ace Waldemar Radener shot down.

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2020 15:37:05 Scotsman Changes to markings
Sources

Photograph of Sad Sack with crew from B24bestweb.

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2020 17:43:42 Scotsman Changes to description
Sources

Uncertainty on fate of Sad Sack. If it was written off on 29 Jan 44 this may explain why Sad Sack crew were aboard Black Widow when shot down on 4 Feb 44.

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 22:50:11 Scotsman Changes to description
Sources

Photographic evidence that identifies crew members and aircraft. My uncle, TSGT Francis Asbury Stewart, was navigator, who bailed out over France and was interned at Stalag 9C, Bad Sulza, Saxe-Weimar. I do not know if other crew were POWs at same location because TSGT Stewart had a leg fracture, and this particular camp had a hospital.

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2015 02:51:39 Bill Morris Changes to unit associations
Sources

B-24 Nose Art Name Directory by Wallace R. Forman via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
06 March 2015 02:24:31 Bill Morris Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and description
Sources

B-24 Nose Art Name Directory by Wallace R. Forman via Fort Worth Aviation Museum
www.aviationarchaeology.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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