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41-11603

B-24 Liberator

One of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO) which departed the US in May 1942 to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. The HALPRO aircraft were then assigned to the 376th Bomb Group when it was constituted in October 1942.

Completed 50 missions with HALPRO and 376th Bomb Group. Aircraft was lost on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina, with John Toomey & crew on board. The aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

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Aircraft

  • 41-11603 'Malicious'

    B-24 Liberator
    One of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO) which departed the US in May 1942 to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. The HALPRO aircraft were then assigned to the 376th Bomb Group when...

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. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • Robert Block

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Lewis Brereton

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer...

  • Otho Hundley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Alfred Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Joseph O'Meara

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group

  • Clifford Street

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Joseph Taulbee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • John Toomey

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey ...

  • Frank Woltman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 376th Bomb Group

Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

  • Middle East Air Force

    28 June 1942
    After being brought under the command of USAMEAF (Middle East Air Forces) HALPRO B-24s attack shipping at Tobruk.

  • Middle East Air Force

    17 July 1942
    B-24 Liberators attack Benghazi harbour, while B-17 Flying Fortresses attack Tobruk

Places

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2021 10:46:54 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
Sources

The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
26 January 2021 07:05:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and mission associations
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B-24 Best Web

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 10:01:14 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Joe Baugher

MACR

376th Bomb Group

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