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Robert J Reasoner


On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized and transferred to Talbenny.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071.

On 1 October 1943 in B24D 41-23816 "Black Jack" while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft sustained severe damage from flak in the bomb bay shortly after leaving target area on a mission to Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Aircraft peeled off while quickly losing altitude as fire developed. Broke in two and crashed in target area. Reasoner was captured and hospitalized but repatriated because of wounds.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23816 'Black Jack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 68BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wiener Nuestadt Bf109 assembly works. Hit by flak and with bomb bay on fire, A/C went into uncontrolable spin and crashed. 1-Oct-43. 5 x KIA 6 x POW. MACR 3312.

  • 41-23806 Bat out of Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    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...

  • 42-40071 'Margaret Ann II'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40071 'Margaret Ann II' 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. ...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born St Petersburg, Florida, New Plymouth, Ohio
Prisoner of war 1 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 13:28:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 09:48:40 Lucy May Changes to awards and events
Sources article:

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 22:36:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 5-Feb-2015. Made connections to Place, 2 Aircraft and 2 Missions within existing website data.

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27 September 2014 18:23:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 61, 298; 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. 39, 135, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams p.27