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Engine problems inbound to the target of Friedrichshafen on 18 Mar 1944, B-24J 42-100112 'Paper Doll' with two engines out crashed near Dietschwill, Switzerland after the crew baled out. Interned.


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


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...


Event Location Date
Born Eaton, Ohio, USA
Interned (INT) Austria 18 March 1944


Date Contributor Update
04 May 2021 10:15:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, nickname, role, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3408 / MACR 3408, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database