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42-109836

B-24 Liberator

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

  • Paul Baum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    An Amateur Baseball player before entering military service in January 1943 with the Army Air Force at the Fort Hayes reception center in Columbus, Ohio. ...

  • Joseph Benoit

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Cobane

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 Jan 1944 B-24H # 42-7476 'Nice N' Naughty'. Problems on TO and AC ran off end of runway and crashed in ditch. Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to...

  • James Crane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lee Fields

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Harleman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 4 Jan 1944 B-24H # 42-7476 'Nice N' Naughty'. Problems on TO and AC ran off end of runway and crashed in ditch. Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to...

  • Melvin Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Lawyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J 42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Killed in Action.

  • John Petricevich

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on a mission to Mont-de-Marsan airfield, FRon 27 Mar 1944, B-24J #42-109836 attempted to reach Spain but was forced to ditch into the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Beauford Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Beauford Smith was from the coal mining camp town of Insull, KY. He was good friends with and attended Black Star High School with Harold A. Brassfield. Brassfield was KIA on 6 March 1944 flying with the 388th BG. Smith and Brassfield were able to...

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Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 27 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3590 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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