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42-40747

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 42-40747, was named, 747, and later, Heavy Date. It was in the 567th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bombardment Group, in the 8th Air Force, in the U.K. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa to fly on the Ploesti oil refinery mission, piloted by Lt. William M. Selvidge, who flew it on the mission and returned safely to Libya. RTB. 1 Aug 43.
On Jan 7, 1944, Heavy Date, was assigned to bomb the Ludwigshafen Oil Refinery in Germany, piloted by Lt. Carl A. Mattson. The plane was attacked, shot up, and damaged by German fighters, It fell out of control and out of position in it's formation. It's cockpit caught on fire, as it fell into a spin and crashed. Some of the crew were able to bail out the plane before it exploded and crashed, one kilometer NE of Vrigny, France, 40km NE of Orléans, France. 7 Jan 44. 4 EVD. 5 KIA. 1 POW. MACR 1851.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-50401 - Heavy Date

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 42-50401, Heavy Date, was in the 464th Bomb Group, and the 777th Bomb Squadron. It was shot down by flak during the mission on the Florisdorf oil refinery and marshaling yards, Vienna, Austria. 26 Jun 1944. MACR 6455. 10 KIA

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Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • Irvine Balsam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Irvine Balsam was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Shirley Berry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shirley Berry was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Taken in charge by the Shelburn evasion line, he and 23...

  • Bedford Bilby

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747. 3 November 1943 'The Captain & His Kids' B24D 41-24112 had an accident upon landing.

  • William Carraro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    William Carraro was Navigator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Edward Griffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • Francis Krueger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Francis Krueger was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of...

  • Carl Mattson

    Military | Lieutenant | B-24 Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    B-24D pilot, Lt. Carl Mattson, was shot down in the B-24D, 42-40747, Heavy Date, and was killed in action - KIA. After being hit and damaged by German fighter cannon shells, Heavy Date, fell out of control with it's cockpit on fire. Some of the crew...

  • Vernon Mayer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • Harold Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • David Neilson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    David Neilson was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

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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...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on the Ploesti oil refinery mission piloted by Lt. William M. Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43.

Crashed 7 January 1944

1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret Department), France

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 10:56:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1851 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2022 07:38:10 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, description and events
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Spelling, wording changes. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 10:34:59 Kickapoo Changes to description and aircraft associations
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 08:56:46 Kickapoo Changes to description and unit associations
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Added details. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 08:53:24 Kickapoo Changes to description and place associations
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2022 03:19:10 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40747 - Heavy Date

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 13:16:13 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 1851

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 12:45:18 ED-BB Changes to place associations
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Connection with Hethel

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 15:34:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 22:25:31 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1851 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 22:23:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2351 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

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

MACR 1851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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