George B Houchins

Military

Object Number - UPL 15416 - Memorial at Taverham Mill Fisheries. Remains of the aircraft are still in the lake.

Joined Sqd 3/14/44. Killed in Action (KIA) 4/21/44 (Hamm). Pilot: Havens.

Killed when Pappy’s Chillun, B-24H #42-29418, crashed during assembly. ”It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart.” (44thbombgroup.com) The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mill. On 21 April 2001, 57 years after the crash, a memorial was dedicated on the property.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Turnip Termite, Pappy's Chillun
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 486th Bomb Group 68th Bomb Squadron 835th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

Taverham Mill Lakes 1944-04-21

Born

1922-10-28

Buried

Tazewell County, VA, USA Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery and Mausoleum Richlands Tazewell County Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date4 Apr 2020 23:04:41
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a "#" and a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date1 May 2015 16:31:57
Contributorusxpat
Date27 Sep 2014 18:10:46
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd

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