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B-24D - SNAFU - 42-40354. Pilot Lt. Fred M. Billings Jr. Collided with the B-24 BELA - TEXAN II, after a bombing mission to St. Nazaire, France, and crashed. All crewmen were lost. KIA. Feb 16, 1942



  • 42-40354 SNAFU

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40354, named, SNAFU, also had an earlier serial number from the British, 40-2354, because it was originally bought as a B-24A lend lease airplane. Later, in 1942, SNAFU was designated as a B-24 "D" model and transferred to the 8th Air...

  • 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...


  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....


  • 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 20:33:13 Kickapoo Created entry with caption, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

B-24D - 'SNAFU - 42-40354 - 40-2354