Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-40128

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 42-40128, War Baby - Ball Of Fire the III, was a veteran of the Ploesti mission, returning to Libya. 1 Aug 43. The airplane was lost after receiving damage from attacking ME-109s after the Hjeller-Oslo, Norway, mission. 18 Nov 43. Aircraft landed in Sweden, and it's crew was interned. 10 INT. MACR 2187

Pilot - Lt. Frank Kilcheski
Co-Pilot - Lt. Robert A. Hill
Navigator - Lt. Walter H. Sills
Bombardier - Lt. Abe H. Schonier
Engineer - Sgt. Glenn A. Corn
Radioman - Sgt. Edward J. Donnelly
Gunner - Sgt. Dan Cairns
Gunner - Sgt. James Nichols
Gunner - Sgt. Bertil Carlson
Gunner - Sgt. Bob Bryce

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Virgil Anderhalt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-24 42-40133. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Robert Bryce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #4240128 'War Baby. ' Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Donald Cairns

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40128 'War Baby'. Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Bertil Carlson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40128 'War Baby'. Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Glen Corn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #4240128 'War Baby. ' Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Joe Cuellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on famous Ploesti mission of 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Donnelly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Edward J. Donnelly was shot down in the B-24, 42-40128, War Baby. The plane landed in a farm field in Sweden. It was repaired and flown to near by airport. The crew was interned in Falon, Sweden, at a ski resort until December 1944. 18 November 1943

  • Robert Hill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40128 'War Baby'. Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Joseph Huberty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew first Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43

  • Edmund Janic

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Show more

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Veteran of the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Norway 18 November 1943

Lost on 18 Nov 43, after receiving damage from attacking Me 109s after the Hjeller-Oslo, Norway mission. MACR 2187. A/C landed in Sweden and crew were interned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 20:59:47 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Name change. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 20:48:40 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 20:39:49 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 42-40128 - Ball Of fire III - War Baby

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2017 20:15:07 b24warbaby Changes to media associations
Sources

Private

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 04:00:18 b24warbaby Changes to description
Sources

Updated by jd

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 17:11:35 b24warbaby Changes to events
Sources

My father : Edward J. Donnelly was aboard War Baby on her final mission.

http://www.freewebs.com/balloffireiii/

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 13:46:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2187

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2187 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Share