41-23813 Victory Ship

Object Number - UPL 14377 - B-24D Liberator, 41-23813, Victory Ship, in the 68th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, survived Operation Tidal Wave over...

The B-24D, named, Victory Ship, 41-23813, was assigned to the 8th Air force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on 1 August 1943.

The B-24D, Victory Ship, flown by Pilot Lt. Alfred A. Starring, was lost on January 21,1944, on a mission to bomb "V" weapons sites in the Pas de Calais, France. It was repeatedly attacked by fighters until 3 of it's engines were knocked out, the copilot was killed, and the pilot was wounded. With the copilot slumped over the controls and only one engine running the wounded pilot couldn't maintain altitude and ordered the crew to bail out. The pilot, copilot, ball turret gunner, and left waist gunner were all in the plane when it crashed. The ball turret gunner refused to jump and blocked the hatch, while the waist gunner opened his chute inside the plane and was forced to attempt to make it to the bomb bay due to the camera hatch being blocked. Two crewmen either suffered chute failure or jumped too low for them to open properly and were killed. Four were captured and one evaded capture to make it back to England 4 months later. It was the crew's first mission.

Pilot Alfred A. Starring. Lost over France. Jan 21, 1944. MACR 2358

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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: 14002158
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36427258
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32491716
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19040138 / O-427313
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16053266
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Victory Ship
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron

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Failed to Return (FTR)

France 1944-01-21 Was lost on January 21,1944 mission to bomb V-weapons sites in the Pas-de-Calais, France area. Repeatedly attacked by fighters until 3 of the engines were knocked out, the co-pilot was killed and the pilot was wounded. With the co-pilot slumped over the controls and only one engine running the wounded pilot couldn't maintain altitude and ordered the crew to bail out. The pilot, co-pilot, ball turret gunner and left waist gunner all were in the plane when it crashed. The ball turret gunner refused to jump and blocked the hatch, while the waist gunner opened his chute inside the plane and was forced to attempt to make it to the bomb bay due to the camera hatch being blocked. Two crewmen either suffered chute failure or jumped too low for them to open properly and were killed. Four were captured and one evaded to make it back to England 4 months later. It was the crews first mission. MACR 2358

Other

Ploesti Survivor

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Flew on 1st Aug 43, Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to base.

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