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41-23807

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel with Chester Phillips crew; crashed north of Kiel 14-May-43. 7 x KIA, 4 x POW MACR 2748.

Sgt Michael J Denny, engineer on 'Little Beaver', wrote - “We were hit after we left the target. Two bursts in the back end, also knocked out one engine; then a burst in back of our navigator [Thomas E. Bartmess]. The entire inside of the flight deck was a mass of flames. It must have hit the hydraulic fluid in the accumulator positioned there. We went into a flat spin – had a Hell of a time standing on my feet and putting on my parachute. Tried to put out the fire, but was impossible. Could not get bomb bay doors open so I had to fight my way back to the rear windows to get out. Bailed out at about 800 feet. Was the last one to leave the plane, and saw it crash and burn.”

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Bartmess

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Michael Denny

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Charles Forehand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Prisoner of War (POW)...

  • Dale Glaubitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Despatcher, Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Prisoner of War(POW)...

  • Barney Grabowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • William Hill

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Gaylord Hubbard

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Chester Phillips

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Approximately 20 combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno...

  • Edward Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • George Price

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel, Germany in B-24 41-23807 'Little Beaver'; hit by flak twice in rear fuselage, also one engine and a final burst hit the cockpit turning it into an inferno 14-May-43. Killed in Action (KIA)...

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Places

  • 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
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Kiel, Germany 15 May 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Crashed north of Kiel 14-May-43. 7 x KIA, 4 x POW MACR 2748.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 21:14:44 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28737279
http://www.b24bestweb.com/littlebeaver-v3-1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/littlebeaver-v3-2.htm

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 12:30:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-23807&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28737284

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2748 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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