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Alfred Martin Klein

Military

Alfred Klein had joined the 68th Squadron on 10 May 1943. He was Left Waist Gunner on B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It', shot down over France by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and Résistance members. Travelled from Meigneux to Paris, Toulouse, crossing into Spain on 21 March. Arrived in Gibraltar 30 March, flew from there to Casablanca, Morocco and returned from there to England by air, landing at the RAF base of St Mawgan on 3 April 1944. Returned to base and was sent back to the United States on the basis of orders dated 14 April 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 550 - https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555190

Service

People

  • Archie Barlow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 67th Bomber Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam'It. Evaded (EVD). Stayed with French Underground until 23 April 1944....

  • Charles Blakley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Charles Blakley was Right Waist Gunner on B-24 Serial 42-7635 when it was shot down by fighters on the 21 January mission to bomb V-weapons sites in Northern France. He evaded capture and was back in the UK on 3 April 1944. Missing Air Crew Report MACR...

  • Earl Boggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Damn It'.Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wayne Crowl

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Bombardier. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herman Curtis

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Co-Pilot. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Nicholas Heiter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Ball Turret Gunner. Joined 68th Squadron 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Hartwell Howington

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot. Joined 68th Squadron on 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Kasten

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Navigator. Joined 68th Squadron on 5 October 1943. Shot down by fighters after bombs away on mission to V-1 sites at Escalles-sur-Buchy on 21 January 1944 in B-24H #42-7635 'Ram It-Dam' It'. Killed in Action (KIA). His remains were never recovered and...

  • Ray Reeves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Photographer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Ray Reeves had trained as radio operator and flew in that capacity on many missions with the James E. Hill Jr crew, including Ploesti and Wiener Neustadt. ...

  • Alvin Rosenblatt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Alvin Rosenblatt was Radio Operator on B-24 42-7635, shot donw 21 January 1944. Evaded capture and was back in England on 3 April 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 549 - https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555189

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 42-7635 Ram-It-Dam'It

    B-24 Liberator
    Was flying Tail End Charlie in the formation. Attacked by German fighters. Engines 3 and 4 on fire; radio compartment in flames. Pilot Hartwell Howington gave the order to bail out over France. 4 KIA, 2 POWs, 5 evaded. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2357.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 4 September 1916

New Jersey

Lived in 1942

New York City, New York, United States

Enlisted 16 May 1942

Ft Jay, Governors Island, New York

Bailed out 21 January 1944

of 42-7635, over France

Evaded capture 21 January 1944 – 30 March 1944

After landing in parachute near Meigneux, 35km SW of Amiens, France, he was helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance. He was guided to Paris, then Toulouse, crossing over into Spain on 21 March 1944. Arrived in Gibraltar on 30 March; left by air from there to Casablanca, Morocco on 2 April and then was flown to England, landing at the RAF base of St Mawgan on 3 April 1944.

Buried 1970

Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, New York, United States

Died 16 February 1970

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 13:58:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

He was neither KIA nor a POW as mentioned on the original page and bio...
MACR 2357
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 550 - https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5555190
VETERANS' BIRLS file

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Webb Todd, 8th AF Losses

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