42-40731 Hag Mag The Mothball Queen Eager Eve

Object Number - UPL 14880 - B-24 Liberator #42-40731 'Hag Mag The Mothball Queen' 'Eager Eve'. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid and returned to Libya.

A/C flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returned safely to Libya.
On 6 Oct 43 while taking off on the return flight from Marrakesh to the UK, hit a wall when just airborne. All but the pilots bailed out and the pilots crash landed it. It remained there and was reduced to components.

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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: 12143699
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-740800
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-673565
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13035494
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron 68th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (44th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-734925
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 A/C flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returned safely to Libya.

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Crashed

Marrakesh, Morocco 1943-10-06 On 6 Oct 43 while taking off on the return flight from Marrakesh to the UK, hit a wall when just airborne. All but the pilots bailed out and the pilots crash landed it. It remained there and was reduced to components.

Revisions

Date9 Apr 2015 21:20:43
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date9 Apr 2015 20:59:16
ContributorAl_Skiff

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