41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

Object Number - UPL 13736 - Lt. Reginald Carpenter's crew in the 67th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force in Britain, 1942-43, before being temporarily...

The B-24D Liberator aircraft, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, in the 376th Bomb Group in the U.K. It was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group, temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. It was flown by 1st Lt. Reginald L. Carpenter's crew from the 67th Bomb Squadron in Britain. It was hit by flak and badly damaged over it's target refinery, and was limping home when it was attacked by enemy fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch in the Mediterranean Sea 127 kilometers north of Benghazi, Libya. The men knew ditching a B-24 was usually disastrous, as the aft fuselage would break off when the airplane hit the water, as the thin corrugated, roll up type, bomb bay doors would fail and buckle, letting the ocean water hit the aft bomb bay bulkhead, immediately ripping the fuselage into two pieces, which sank almost immediately, usually drowning the crew. Two of the crew's aircraft gunners, Walter Brown and Fred Durand, both, already badly wounded by flak splinters over Ploesti, were incapacitated or, possibly unconscious, or dead, and were trapped in the sinking aircraft and drowned. The other seven crewmen escaped the sinking B-24 and were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel. Aircraft failed to return (FTR). 2 KIA. 7 RTS. 1 Aug 43. MACR 15859.

Bewitching Witch's crew For The Ploesti Mission :

1st Lt. Reginald L. Carpenter - Pilot - RTS -
2nd Lt. Edwin L. Rumsey Jr. - Copilot - RTS -
2nd Lt. John E. Powell - Navigator - RTS -
2nd Lt. Martin L. Kullman - Bombardier - RTS -
TSgt. Vincent E. Huenerberg - Engineer - RTS -
TSgt. Joseph F. Manquen - Radio Operator - RTS -
SSgt. Rollin C. Looker - Waist gunner - RTS -
SSgt. Walter L. Brown - Waist gunner - KIA -
SSgt. Frederick Durand - Tail gunner - KIA -

Note : After the B-24D, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, was shot down and lost, it's name was given to the B-24J, 42-73065, which was named, Bewitching Witch II. No records found for, 42-73065.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The 'semiofficial' insignia of the 44th Bomb Group.
  • 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 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: ASN 18063845
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Right Side Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16059350 / O-665663
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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: Edna Elizabeth
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron 512th Bomb Squadron 1st Provisional Group
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Flying Cock - Doodlebug
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 449th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Bewitching Witch
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Bewitching Witch II
  • Unit: 376th Bomb Group

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Ionian Sea 1943-08-01 Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 43. Badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, and was limping home when it was attacked by enemy fighters over the Ionian Sea and forced to ditch 127 km North of Benghazi, Libya. Two of the crew were trapped in the flooding aircraft and drowned, the other seven men were rescued by British Air-Sea Rescue personnel. MACR 15859.

Revisions

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AAM Database.

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376th Bomb Group Archives

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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

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The Hall of Valor Project - SSgt. Walter Brown - SSgt. Frederick Durand

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Added details. - Kickapoo

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

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Details added. - Kickapoo

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armyaircorps375bg.com - History - Airplanes

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

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AAM Database.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:01
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MACR 15859 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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