B-24 Liberator 41-28666 'Dixie DuDrop' 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF.
Previously assigned to 458th BG as one of that Group's original aircraft flown to England via the southern route and was one of the dozen or so ships transferred as replacement aircraft to other Groups soon after arrival. Shot down 18 Mar 44 mission to Friedrichshafen and crashed 2km NW of Saint-Lucien, 3km S of La Chapelle-Saint-Ouen and about 24km ENE of Rouen, France.
The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...
Assigned 458BG re-assigned to 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF as a replacement aircraft. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrickshafen left formation under control on reciprocal course, hit by 3 x Fw190 fighters causing fire in bomb bay, most of crew baled...