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
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...
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.
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...
B-24 Liberator 42-40071 'Margaret Ann II' 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF.
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...
||St Petersburg, Florida, New Plymouth, Ohio
|Prisoner of war
||1 October 1943