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41-28690

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 482nd BG, 389th BG, 66BS, 44th BG, 8AF USAAF. Lead ship on 5-Jun-44 mission to Boulogne-Sur-Mer, despite orders to the contrary, led formation back over the target after the bomb release failed during the critical point of the initial pass. Hit by multiple flak hits, leaving the pilot Capt Louis A Mazure dead and other crew members injured, with hung up bombs and leaking fuel the engines were shut down and a glide to blighty established. The co pilot assisted by a severely wounded Colonel Leon R Vance managed to get the aircraft over the coast of England so the crew could bale out. Colonel Vance remained aboard alone, mistakenly believing a fatally wounded crew member was still on board and ditched off Broadstairs, Kent. The A/C then exploded, ejecting Colonel Vance, who managed to swim ashore. 1 x KIA, 3 x WIA, 3 x RTD injured, 7 x RTD.

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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 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...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bernard Bail

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator, Radar, Radar Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down again on 19 Mar 45 in B-24 #4251907, crashed near Stuttgart and became a Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Earl Carper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • David Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #41-28690 'Missouri Sue'. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • William Gee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew 30 missions over enemy held territory and was highly decorated. ...

  • Nathaniel Glickman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Earl Hoppie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • John Kilgore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Louis Mazure

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Wiley Sallis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • Harry Secrist

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 5 June 1944 in B-24 #4128690 'Missouri Sue. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

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Missions

  • 392

    5 June 1944

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 Tulsa, OK, USA 1944

Built at Douglas for Consolidated.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Transferred Shipdham, UK 1944

Transferred to 66BS, 44th BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel off Broadstairs, UK 5 June 1944

It ditched off Broadstairs, Kent, after leading 489BG on 5-Jun-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 21:37:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/missouribelle.htm
Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich by Robert F Dorr.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Mazure&GSfn=Louis&...

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 11:50:28 grahamkipping Created entry with serial number, aircraft type and person associations
Sources

pilots log

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