41-23819 Rugged Buggy

Object Number - UPL 15861 - 41-23819 "Rugged Buggy" nose art, starboard (right) side

B-24D 41-23819 'Rugged Buggy" 44BG/66BS, Shipdham was shot down 14-May-43 on a mission to bomb the port facilities at Kiel. Germany. The aircraft crashed at Eckenforde, Germany. 2KIA 8POW MACR 15509.

P 1Lt Malcolm C. Howell (KIA); CP Maj James E. O'Brien (POW)
N 1Lt John D. Bledsoe (POW); B/TOGG MSgt Norius Crisan (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Kenneth C. McCabe (POW); RO TSgt Ralph C. Ernst (POW)
BTG SSgt Harold D. Van Oyen (KIA); LWG SSgt John W. Husselton (POW)
RWG SSgt James A. McCammond (POW); TG SSgt Richard Castillo (POW)

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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-726990
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35278673
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6994910
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36175723
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6863975
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Eckernförde, Germany 1943-05-14 Shot down by fighters and crashed at Eckernforde, Germany.

Revisions

Date7 May 2015 22:08:42
ContributorJasonR
Date7 May 2015 22:06:13
ContributorJasonR
Sources

Corrected aircraft name from "Rugged Bunny" to "Rugged Buggy" - source: http://www.b24bestweb.com/ruggedbuggy2.htm

Date17 Feb 2015 22:19:09
ContributorLee8thbuff
Sources

Lee Cunningham 17-Feb-2015. Confirmed TN, FTR event, full proper names and crew positions per MACR 15509; Added nickname and Edited Description based on "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added rank, crew position full proper name and disposition per MACR 15509; formatted crew display.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:01
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 15509 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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