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42-110049

B-24 Liberator

Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and crashed in Switzerland. Pilot: John Anderson.

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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 2 June 1944. Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049. Interned Switzerland. Returned to base 15 February 1945. Returned to ZOI 15 March 1945.

  • Leslie Babin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049. Interned Switzerland.

  • Richard Elliott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049. Interned Switzerland.

  • James Hewlett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 2 June 1944. Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Interned Switzerland 7/21/44. Returned to base. Returned to ZOI 3/15/45. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049.

  • Leo Hoffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He entered the service on February 14, 1943. A high school graduate who attended A State Teacher’s College. An engineer gunner of a Liberator bomber Crew.He was presented with the Air Medal for ‘exceptional meritorious achievement while participating...

  • John Jennings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 2 June 1944. Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049. Interned Switzerland 21 July 1944. Returned to base 15 February 1945. Returned to ZOI 15...

  • Harold Turley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Interned Switzerland 21 July 1944. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 Mary Harriet #42110049.

  • Edward Vander Weide

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 'Mary Harriet' #42-110049.

  • Thomas Young

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Damaged by flak on 21 July 1944 (Oberpfaffenhofen) and landed in Switzerland. Pilot: Anderson, J. Plane was B-24 'Mary Harriet' #42-110049.

Missions

  • 486

    21 July 1944

Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Silberplatten, Nesslau, Switzerland 21 July 1944 – 21 July 1944

Damaged at 1040 hours in the area of Munich, Germany, and no. 1 engine was feathered. Bombs were salvoed before hitting the target, and the aircraft left formation and headed for Switzerland. All crew bailed out before crash.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2017 15:04:58 skline Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

History of the 68th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, researched and compiled by Webb C. Todd, available online at https://user.xmission.com/~44thbgva/68thsquadronhistory.pdf.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 7287 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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