FRE 4608


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Air Force Photo 56173 AC. Aircraft #43, s/n 44-10570, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Bomb Squadron. Hit by flak on 23 November 1944 mission to Brod, Yugoslavia with Bernard Ball crew aboard. Tail gunner KIA, both waist gunners survived with wounds. Aircraft landed at Bari, Italy. Rudder cables severed, elevator cables partially severed. Pilot used differential engine power to control the aircraft to a safe landing. Personnel of the 15th Air Force with their flak damaged B-24 Liberator. Official caption on image: 'Controls severed by flak burst, B-24 came in on engines only US Air Force Photo.'


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  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Second World War formation badge for the United States 15th Air Force (United States Army Air Force). The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved by the US Quartermaster General on 19 February 1944. Formation note: the 15th Air Force (US Army Air Force, Fifteenth Air Force) was formed on 1 November 1943 at Tunis in North Africa and moved to Italy on 1 December. The Force was disbanded on 15 September 1945 having participated in twelve campaigns.© IWM (INS 7304)
  • Unit Hierarchy: Headquarters
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation


Contributor449th Historian
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449th Mission records, Bernard Ball DFC citation.

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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection