42-72857 - Star Spangled Hell

The B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-72857, named, Star Spangled Hell, was assigned to the 506th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF, temporarily attached to 9th Air Force, USAAF, TDY to Benghazi, Libya, North Africa. The aircraft failed to return (FTR) from Weiner Neustadt, Germany, with Lt. Olson's crew after being attacked by 5 ME-109's. With it's bomb bay and one engine on fire, Lt. Olson peeled off in a dive, while being pursued by German fighter planes. After all the crew, except Pilot Olson, had bailed out, the bomber crashed and exploded 10 miles north of Weiner Neustadt, Germany. 1 Oct 43. 9 POW. 1 KIA. MACR 51251

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20827330 / O-408633
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39094739
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Assistant Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16131104
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner; Assistant Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38157563
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armorer; Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35255236
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

North of Weiner Neustadt, Austria 1 October 1943 Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt; mauled by fighters, exploded north of target. 9 x POW, 1 x KIA MACR 51251

Manufactured

Willow Run, Ypsilanti, MI Built at Consolidated.

Assigned

Shipdam, Thetford, UK Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned

Benina, Libya Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa.

Revisions

Date23 Feb 2022 16:02:27
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Removed punctuation from aircraft name for uniformity, clarity, and readability. - Kickapoo

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:02
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 15251 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database