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42-7635

B-24 Liberator

Was flying Tail End Charlie in the formation. Attacked by German fighters. Engines 3 and 4 on fire; radio compartment in flames. Pilot Hartwell Howington gave the order to bail out over France. 4 KIA, 2 POWs, 5 evaded. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2357.

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

  • Archie Barlow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 67th Bomber Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam'It. Evaded (EVD). Stayed with French Underground until 23 April 1944....

  • Charles Blakley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Blakley was Right Waist Gunner on B-24 Serial 42-7635 when it was shot down by fighters on the 21 January mission to bomb V-weapons sites in Northern France. He evaded capture and was back in the UK on 3 April 1944. Missing Air Crew Report MACR...

  • Earl Boggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Damn It'.Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wayne Crowl

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bombardier. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herman Curtis

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Co-Pilot. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Nicholas Heiter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Ball Turret Gunner. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Hartwell Howington

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot. Joined 68th Squadron on 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Kasten

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Navigator. Joined 68th Squadron on 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA). His remains were never recovered and...

  • Alfred Klein

    Military | Gunner, Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Alfred Klein had joined the 68th Squadron on 10 May 1943. He was Left Waist Gunner on B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It', shot down over France by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944. Evaded capture...

  • Ray Reeves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Photographer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Ray Reeves had trained as radio operator and flew in that capacity on many missions with the James E. Hill Jr crew, including Ploesti and Wiener Neustadt. ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 21 January 1944

crashed near Lignières-Châtelain, West of Amiens (Somme), France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 15:17:20 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Wally Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"
MACR 2357

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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