Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ETO/Queen Mary 9/5/42. Injured 1/3/43 (St. Nazaire). Serious injury in crash. Returned to USA Hospital. Pilot: Erwin. January 3, 1943 B-24 #4123806 'Bat Out of Hell' crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash.
On 3 Jan 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" while serving as Bombardier the aircraft made a crash-landing near Heverfordwest when it ran out of fuel upon return from a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Sr. Nazaire, France. He was hospitalized and returned to the US for medical discharge. The pilot died of his injuries on 5-Jan-43; the co-pilot was killed in the crash; and the Navigator died of his injuries on 8-Jan-43.
Units served with
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...
B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" was assigned to 44BG/68BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched 3-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed south-west of...
3 January 1943
The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...