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41-28705

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, A/C hit by flak that severed rudder control. Co Pilot bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after A/C was brought under control. 1 x POW, 11 x RTD. MACR 8186.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Malvin Blotcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. Co Pilot bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • Hugh Davies

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. Baled out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after A/C was brought under control. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Eugene Fogelstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot...

  • Arthur Givens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • Michael Kelleher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • Joe Laform

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • William Partridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • William Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

  • Arthur Ross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 9 August 1944 B-24 AC #41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD. MACR 8186.

  • Clark Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    MACR 8186. B-24 AC # 41-28785. On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, AC hit by flak that severed rudder control. CP bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after AC was brought under control. RTD

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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 Tulsa, OK, USA 1943

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Oklahoma, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 66BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Combat damaged RTD Saarbrücken, Germany 9 August 1944

On mission to secondary target Saarbrucken, A/C hit by flak that severed rudder control. Co Pilot bailed out prematurely and rest of crew returned to England after A/C was brought under control. 1 x POW, 11 x RTD. MACR 8186.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 August 2016 12:24:19 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=8186&Submit=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8186 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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