Howard Norman Young

Military
Lietuenant W.E Keefer, Lieutenant Phil Ziegler, Lieutenant Howard Young and Lieutenant Joe Walker, of the 93rd Bomb Group stand with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23742) nicknamed "Liberty Lad" at Alconbury. In a duplicate version of this image a censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets and the structure visible beneath the aircraft to the far left of the image. Image stamped on reverse: 'Ministry of Information 10 Oct 1942.'[stamp] and '226088'[Censor no]. Printed caption on reve media-379205.jpg FRE 768 Lietuenant W.E Keefer, Lieutenant Phil Ziegler, Lieutenant Howard Young and Lieutenant Joe Walker, of the 93rd Bomb Group stand with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23742) nicknamed "Liberty Lad" at Alconbury. In a duplicate version of this image a censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets and the structure visible beneath the aircraft to the far left of the image. Image stamped on reverse: 'Ministry of Information 10 Oct 1942.'[stamp] and '226088'[Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: 'LIBERATORS DROP THEIR FIRST BOMBS ON EUROPE. Associated Press photo shows : The officers of "Liberty Lad", one of the Liberators which took part in mass raid, have a well-earned smoke after their return. Left to right they are: Lieut. W.E. Keefer of Torrance, Calif, Pilot; Lieut. Phil Ziegler of Milwaukee, Wis., Bombardier; Lieut. Howard N. Young of Berkeley, Calif., Co-pilot; Lieut. Joe H. Walker, from Birmingham, ALA., Navigator. AKP/ROB 252328 I0I042s.' Roger Freeman Collection

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Object Number - FRE 768 - Lietuenant W.E Keefer, Lieutenant Phil Ziegler, Lieutenant Howard Young and Lieutenant Joe Walker, of the 93rd Bomb Group stand with their B-24...

Mission of 22 Nov '42: 2 JU-88's attacked the plane from underneath and sent a bullet through Young's arm nearly cutting it off. After putting a tourniquent on it the co-pilot, Cleveland Hickman, who had never landed a B-24 before took over the controls. He was rapidly losing blood from a nasty leg wound and called on the Bombardier, known as Kelly (his real name was Anthony Yenalavage) to help him. The Bombardier got the plane down on the runway in England and got the crew back home safe. Others in the crew were wounded too. Young had his arm amputated at an English hospital. Plane's name was 'Ball of Fire'

 

Awards: AM, PH, EAME, WWII Victory

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19040491 / O-727870
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
Anthony Yenalavage
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 328th Bomb Squadron 93rd Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 13030757 / O-661061
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23667) nicknamed "Ball of Fire (Barber Bob)" of the 93rd Bomb Group used as a flight assembly ship.
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ball of Fire Barber Bob
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
Lietuenant W.E Keefer, Lieutenant Phil Ziegler, Lieutenant Howard Young and Lieutenant Joe Walker, of the 93rd Bomb Group stand with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23742) nicknamed "Liberty Lad" at Alconbury. In a duplicate version of this image a censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets and the structure visible beneath the aircraft to the far left of the image. Image stamped on reverse: 'Ministry of Information 10 Oct 1942.'[stamp] and '226088'[Censor no]. Printed caption on reve
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Liberty Lad
  • Unit: 512th Bomb Squadron 376th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Healdsburg, California 14 July 1916 Born Healdsburg, California

Enlisted

San Francisco, California 14 July 1941 Enlisted San Francisco, California

Other

Discharged

23 February 1945

Died

3 August 1992

Revisions

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Capitalized "JU" in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity,

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted's Traveling Circus, nephew

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