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B-24D - SNAFU - SN 40-2354 - also had the later USAAF SN 42-40354 after it's transfer to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bomb Squadron. It was one of the early B-24s funded with FY40 after the cancellation of the US purchase of several B-24A models. - Pilot Lt. Fred M. Billings collided with the B-24D, BELA - TEXAN II - 41-23818, caught fire, exploded, and fell through a formation of B-17s into the English Channel off Selsey Bill, Sussex - Mid-air collision with B-24D, 41-23818 - Texan II - BELA, just off the English coast near Selsey Bill, Sussex. Both aircraft exploded, crashed into the English Channel and both crews were killed. - Feb 16, 1943. Lost FRANCE - 10 KIA. MACR 5095

IWM catalogue record

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B-24 Liberator (serial number 40-2354) nicknamed "SNAFU" of the 44th Bomb Group Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published 5 Sep 1942.' [stamp] and '219925.' [Censor no.] A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse however this has been removed.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 40-2354 SNAFU

    B-24 Liberator
    Info : No British Liberators prior to Lend Lease B-24Ds were US funded and, as such, they had no US FY 40 (for 1940) serial numbers, nor did they have a B-24 designation at delivery. The MAP direct purchase Liberators were LB-30A, LB-30B, and delayed...


  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....


Date Contributor Update
22 July 2021 20:06:36 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Best Web - B-24 - SNAFU - 40-2354 - 42-40354

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2021 12:05:59 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Best Web - B-24D - 'SNAFU' - SN # 42-40354 - also - SN # 40-2354

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2021 11:43:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

Removed association not depicted in the image. Associations should be made in the AIRCRAFT record.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2021 11:35:05 Kickapoo Changes to caption and person associations

Best Web - B-24D - SN # 40-25354 also SN # 42-40354 - 'SNAFU'

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2021 01:46:57 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:13 AAM AAM ingest

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