41-23690

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23698) nicknamed "Roamin' Rosie" of the 90th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force prepares for take off. Handwritten caption on reverse: '41-23690 "Roamin' Roseie" 90th BG, Darwin, 319th "Asterperious" Squadron.'

Object Number - FRE 8870 - A B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23698) nicknamed "Roamin' Rosie" of the 90th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force prepares for take off. Handwritten caption...

B-24D SN # 41-23690, from the 8th Air force in Britain, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron, was on a mission to bomb the naval installation at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The pilot was unable to find the target because of weather and navigation problems. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with and FW190 enemy fighter and both crashed into the Waddenzee of Holland. 27-Jan-1943 - 10KIA MACR 15637.

Pilot 1Lt Nolan B. Cargile (KIA)
Co-Pilot 2Lt Kenneth H. Moore (KIA)
Navigator Capt Oscar H. Wilkinson (KIA)
Bombardier 2Lt Paul H. Keilman (KIA)
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner TSgt Saul Suskind (KIA)
Radio Operator SSgt Michael Geriok (KIA)
Belly Gunner SSgt Paul M. Crane (KIA)
Right Waist Gunner SSgt Verne C. Stewart (KIA)
Assistant Radio Operator/Gunner SSgt Solomon I. Wise (KIA)
Tail Gunner SSgt Arthur A. Van Cleef (KIA)

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-427211
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13046804
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33038923
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727349
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-727249
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Waddenzee 27 January 1943 Sustained a mid-air collision with an FW190, Yellow 3, 5604 of JG/1 3 Staffel, pilot Fw Fritz Koch which tore off the left wing and tail assembly. Both aircraft crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland.

Revisions

Date12 Feb 2021 23:21:59
ContributorKickapoo
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The 44th Bomb Group - The flying Eight balls

Date13 Apr 2016 13:14:08
ContributorFlying8ball
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edited crew-list functions

Date13 Apr 2016 13:07:09
ContributorFlying8ball
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re-arranged crewlist for improved reading purpose.

Date24 Jan 2015 19:37:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2014. Added markings per "The Mighty Eighth Warpaint & Heraldry" Roger A. Freeman; Added FTR event and added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15673; crafted Description per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; formatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:01
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 15637 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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