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Walter R Bateman


Killed in Action (KIA) while TDY to 9th AF. B24 41-23817 'Suzy Q' believed to have crashed and burned on beach at Cape Stilo, Italy. p. 235


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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23817 - Suzy Q

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, Suzy Q, flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost along with the 67th's plane,...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    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...

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Died 17 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:59 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Sup, MACR 2445, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 21 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia