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Earle Preston Durley Jr

Military

Capt Earle P Durley Jr went to England as a member of the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron, Crew #16. They flew the Southern Route to England, leaving Harrington Airfield in Kansas on 15-Nov-1943 to Morrison Field, West Palm Beach, FL; Puerto Rico; Trinidad; Belem, Brazil; Natal, Brazil; Dakar, French West Africa; Marrakesh, French West Africa; St Maugen, England and finally landing at Seething Airfield, England on 02-Dec-1943. Capt Durley was the pilot of Crew #16. Capt Durley flew the 1st mission of the 448th on 24-Dec-1943 and the 100th mission of the 448th on 21-Jun-1944. He completed his 30th mission 27-Jun-1944. His crew was a lead crew and because of the stress they could only fly every 3 days, taking a little longer than some of the other crews. While on a mission to Cherbourg, France 21-Jan-1944 in B-24H (41-29208) a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. Ford, Hackney, Stemmerman, and Walker were replaced by Cook, Espich, Maker, and Pixley. Capt Durley also helped train members of the 491th Bomb Group when they came to England in May of 1944. Capt Durley and his crew was transferred to the 491th at Metfield on 27-May-1944 and returned to the 448th at Seething on 13-Jun-1944. Capt Durley's crew helped with formation training and was a lead crew on on the 491st's first mission on 2-Jun-1944. They lead 3 mission while they were with the 491st including the mission on D-Day.

Service

People

  • Lester Bise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 448th Bomb Group

  • Robert Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    On 5 Jan 1944 B-24H #42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed.

  • Billy Espich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th BG, 712th BS ...

  • Joe Ford

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Hackney

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    While on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bale out. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Halloran

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Copilot for 448th BG, 712th BS, Crew #16.

  • Roy Maker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Roy transferred from Crew #27 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who while on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Edwin Pixley

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Edwin transferred from Crew #17 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who while on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Edmond Rock

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner | 448th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Stark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, First Engineer | 448th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Wing
    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28611 'Baby Shoes'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brandenburg, Germany. Last seen crossing the coast with one engine feathered 9-Mar-44, crashed Nth of Arendonk, Belgium. 1 x RTD, 9 x POW. MACR 3339.

  • 41-29208 "Shoo-Shoo Baby"

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 448th Bomb Group, 712th Bomb Squadron before transfer to 44th Bomb Group, 66th Bomb Squadron. Nose turret removed and nose modified to incorporate a B-26 Bell power boost unit, top and ball turrets and other armor removed 14 Apr...

Associated Place

  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...

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14 March 2021 20:35:46 dwk1927 Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, person associations and unit associations
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Billy J Espich WWII Collection

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22 October 2020 21:17:02 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Revised PERSON connections.

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22 October 2020 21:16:24 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Revised PERSON connections.

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22 October 2020 21:15:33 dmccullo Changes to person associations
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Revised PERSON connections.

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22 October 2020 21:14:24 dmccullo Changes to service number, person associations, place associations and media associations
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Changed key image.

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27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / SO#150, 6th Heavy Bomb.Proc HQ, Herington, Kansas 5 Nov 43, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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