41-28711 - Little Sheppard

Object Number - UPL 51394 - B-24H, 41-28711, Little Sheppard, Crew - 11 Mar 1944. ...

B-24H (41-28711) "LITTLE SHEPPARD" was originally assigned to the 458th Bomb Group, 755th Bomb Squadron and was already named when it was reassigned to the 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron in January 1944.

"LITTLE SHEPPARD" was assigned to Crew 11 in Feb 1944, after their first aircraft "BOOMERANG" (42-52132) crashed near Tibenham Airfield, England on 10 Feb 1944. Crew 11, along with other crews, flew "LITTLE SHEPPARD" until early Jun 1944 when most of Crew 11 completed their required 30 missions.

On 21 Apr 1944, Crew 1 was flying "LITTLE SHEPPARD" on a mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia when it stalled and went into a spin over the English Channel caused by an ice buildup .The order was given to bail out but only the Navigator 2nd Lt. Seymour Ausfresser bailed out. The pilot was able to regain control before it crashed and returned to base with all the other crew members. Seymour Ausfresser was never found. He was later listed as killed in action (KIA). His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.

On 21 Jul 1944, a Replacement Crew was flying "LITTLE SHEPPARD" on a mission to Allach, Germany near Munich when it failed to return (FTR). Damaged by flak and enemy fighters, the aircraft landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland. All crew members survived and were interned. MACR's 4343 - 7251.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 448th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33162501
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner, Armorer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12014865 / 0669946
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0806394
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

Places

Missions

  • Date: 3 June 1944
  • Official Description: In Operation COVER, 338 Heavy Bombers attack coastal defenses in the Pas de Calais area, bombing a total of 22 assigned targets. In second mission of the day 215 Heavy Bombers attack 16 of the targets bombed during the first mission. No Bombers are...
  • Date: 2 June 1944
  • Official Description: Role of Bombers from 2-5 June in preparation for invasion of Normandy on 6 June includes continuation of attacks against transportation and Airfield Targets in Northern France and the institution of a series of blows against coastal defenses, mainly...

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Bomerang
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Little Sheppard
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Boomerang
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Thunder Mug
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Boomerang
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 712th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Stall / Spin / Recovered

English Channel 21 April 1944 Stall/spin loss of control (LOC) with ice build up over English Channel. Pilot regained control. The Navigator bailed out before pilot regained control, and aircraft returned to base (RTB). Navigator was listed as Killed in Action. 1 KIA. 21 Apr 44.

Other

Combat damaged - INT

Dübendorf, Switzerland 21 July 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) from a mission to Allach, Germany. Damaged by flak and enemy fighters. Landed in Dubendorf, Switzerland, and was interned (INT). 21 Jul 44. 10 INT. MACR 4343 - 7251.

Manufactured

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

Tulsa, OK, USA Built at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Other

Assigned

Seething, Norwich NR15, UK 21 July 1944 Assigned to 712th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force (USAAF).

Revisions

Date20 Dec 2022 19:09:44
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458th Bomb Group website list of aircraft with names.

Date21 Apr 2022 06:28:12
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-28711 - Little Sheppard

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-28711 - Little Sheppard

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-28711 - Little Shepherd

Date4 Jan 2022 19:38:01
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Updated connections.

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Date26 Jul 2021 00:57:03
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Date26 Jul 2021 00:53:28
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Date17 Mar 2021 17:30:55
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Date5 Mar 2021 18:42:58
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Date25 Sep 2020 19:25:17
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Updated missions for "LITTLE SHEPPARD" (41-28711).

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Date22 Jul 2020 08:28:46
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Date12 Jul 2020 01:45:52
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Updated Associated Media to include photo of John Schneider-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date12 Jul 2020 01:33:52
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Added missing crew members to 'Little Sheppard'-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date12 Jul 2020 01:26:31
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Updated black & white photo of 'Little Sheppard' crew-Dan McCullough 07-11-2020.

Date20 Apr 2020 01:30:31
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Updated photo 04-19-2020.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:05
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MACR 7251 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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