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
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...
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,...
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....
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...
||San Diego, California, USA
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||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.
||Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK
Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery