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41-29148

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

  • James Ambler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c facroty at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertram Babbitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Buechsenstein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c facroty at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Etheridge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the A/C factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Hall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c facroty at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the A/C factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ward Lewis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c facroty at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Nablo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c factory at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Roland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to the a/c facroty at Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24H #41-29148. Prisoner of War (POW). Released after German defeat. (date unspecified)

  • 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) Germany 24 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2923 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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