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Joseph E McDonnell

Military

Assigned to 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF. Fire developed in the bomb bay in B-24 41-28666 on a mission to Friedrichshafen on 18-Mar-44 and the a/c exploded in mid-air and crashed Nth of St Lucien, FR. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3324

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Gordon Parker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Fire developed in the bomb bay in B-24H #41-28666 on a mission to Friedrichshafen, GR on 18 March 1944 and the a/c exploded in mid-air and crashed N of St Lucien, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28666 'Dixie DuDrop'

    B-24 Liberator
    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...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

Associated Place

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, TX 20 November 1921

Son of Joseph A and Margaret I McDonnell.

Lived in Texas 1941
Based Tibenham 1944 – 18 March 1944

Assigned to 703BS, 445BG, 8AF USAAF.

Killed in action Saint-Lucien, France 18 March 1944
Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Lorraine, France
Plot K Row 17 Grave 27

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 12:02:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28628516
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763795
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901812/joseph-e-mcdonnell-american-battl...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56658260/joseph-e-mcdonnell

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2017 15:34:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3334 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 13:08:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28628516

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, MACR 3334, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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