42-41013 - Trouble

media-14556.jpeg UPL 14556 Consolidated B-24 Liberator #42-41013 'Trouble' [nearest camera] of 566th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group over Cognac, France, 8 February 1944.

Object Number - UPL 14556 - Consolidated B-24 Liberator #42-41013 'Trouble' [nearest camera] of 566th Bomb Squadron, 389th Bomb Group over Cognac, France, 8 February 1944.

Originally assigned to the 8th AF, the 44th BG, and the 506th BS. "Trouble", flew on the low level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania (piloted by Lt. Gordon Stevens of the 44th Bomb Group). Transferred to the 389th and taken over by Lt. David Wilhite and his crew on November 13, 1943.



"Trouble" was lost on the Jan 7, 1944 mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany with Lt. David Wilhite as pilot. Captain Kenneth Caldwell was flying in the co-pilot's seat. Shot down by FW 190 fighters over Bouville, France. 10 KIA, 1 POW. MACR 1853



An account was written in the book, "Trouble", by Larry Smith

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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 44th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-1699045
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot / Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15318621
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-740760
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32465122
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 566th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35406134
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Missions

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - The Scorpion
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Video
  • Object Number: UPL 34255
  • Description: This video is a brief summary of the book titled "Trouble". A B-24 Liberator nicknamed Trouble was shot down over Nazi-occupied France on Jan. 7, 1944...

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Bouville, France 7 January 1944 Lost on the Jan 7, 44 mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Shot down by fighters (Fw 190's) over Bouville, France. 10 KIA, 1 POW MACR 1853

Revisions

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Trouble per Kelsey McMillan, 389th Bomb Group Historian

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Ploesti crew manifest for 42-41013 per "The Ploesti Raid Through the Lens" by Roger Freeman, p. 55.
Name of plane "Trouble" per Kelsey McMillan, 389th Bomb Group historian.
Lt. David Wilhite crew manifests from 389th Mission Reports from November, 1943 - January 1944 from NARAII, College Park, Maryland, Record Group 18, Boxes 1891 - 1894 and 1927 - 1930.

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TROUBLE - Larry Smith

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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MACR 1853 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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