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B-24 Liberator

B-24D 42-23658 was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron ar Alconbury, UK. The aircraft, piloted by Maj William Cowert, sustained battle damage on a mission to Rouen, France on 8-Mar-43 and made a crash landing at Gibralter Farm, Bredhurt, Kent. There we no casualties.



  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron


  • William Cowart

    Military | Major | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    March 8, 1943 'Thar She Blows' B-24 41-23658 crashlanded at Gibraltar Farms in Kent. The plane was returning from a mission to Rouen, France with battle damage. Major Cowart returned all crew members with Bombardier Dick injured.

  • Merrill Demas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on the low level Ploesti mission aboard tarfu as a tail gunner, came home with shrapnel in his back from this mission. He was a waist gunner early on then a tail gunner for the remaining missions. ...

  • Thomas Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 41

    8 March 1943
    The railroad marshalling yards at Rennes and Rouen, France are the primary targets for this mission. A formation comprised of 67 B-17s: 91BG (14); 303BG (19); 305BG (16) and 306BG (18) is despatched to bomb at Rennes. Conditions are good with no cloud...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...


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Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 20:19:22 Lee8thbuff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 2-Dec-2015. Added NEW aircraft entry per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey, MBE.