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Fred M Billings


On 16 February 1943, Pilot Lt. Fred M. Billings in the B-24D #42-40354 (#40-2354) 'SNAFU' sustained a mid-air collision with B-24D #41-23818 'Texan II' just off the English coast near Selsey Bill, Sussex. Both aircraft exploded crashed into the English Channel and both crews were killed. Killed in Action (KIA). B-24 - D - CO - #40-2354 'SNAFU' - Shown 1 Sep 42, England - Lost 16 Feb 43, FRA - MACR 5095 - Pilot Fred M. Billings MAC over the English Channel with the B-24 'BELA' #41-23818


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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40354 'SNAFU'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-14D #42-40354, also had the serial number # 40-2354, "Snafu" from the 8th Air force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bomb Squadron. It was one of the early B-24Ds funded with FY40 after the cancellation of the US purchase of several B-24A models,...


  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

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 San Diego, California, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 16 February 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with another B-24, exploded and crashed into the English Channel en-route to St. Nazaire. His remains have never been recovered.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
03 February 2021 00:50:16 Kickapoo Changes to biography

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 18:25:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Feb-2015. Corrected SN and added KIA event per MACR 5095; Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Corrected Unit connection, made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position and loss details to Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5095 & 3202 B / MACR 5095, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 79, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy p. 50, The 44th BG in WWII by MacKay and Adams Appendix 4. / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database