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41-29331

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 8 x combat mission. Failed to Return(FTR) Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; On the return after having successfully bombed the target "Blondies' Folly" was attacked by fighters. The crew fought off a dozen fighters, amazingly without casualties, though the B-24 was riddled by 20mm canon shells. Losing altitude all the way back to Holland, control was lost and pilot ordered the bailout, five crew jumping mid channel. (Lt. John Hulse, Sgt's James Duffy, Carl Lee, Peter Morrone and Mike Marino). Control having been re-established, whilst the altitude was ebbing away, ditching became inevitable. The A/C crashed into the 4ft swells and broke in half and began to sink. Lt Peters and co-pilot Wagner never made it out of the wreck. 2Lt DeSimone, Sgt's Conlogue and Lowry escaped the sinking wreck, being rescued 70 minutes later by an RAF float plane, Sgt Lowry later succumbing to his injuries. 2 x RTD, 8 x KIA.

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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Bonner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Rex Brudos crew. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Rex Brudos

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Grant Conant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Rex Brudos. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Conlogue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Neil Peters crew. 5 x combat missions. Survived ditching in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Rescued by...

  • Herschel Dailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gasper DeSimone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Neil Peters crew. 5 x combat missions. Survived ditching in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Rescued by...

  • James Duffy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Neil Peters crew. 5 x combat missions. Ditched in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Baled out mid channel...

  • Kenneth Duffy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Rex Brudos crew. 13 x combat missions. Credited 1 x fighter. Failed to Return (FTR) Laaland, Denmark in B-24 42-52423; Shot down 9-Apr-44, Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Malcolm Dunlevie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Baled out Sth of Höver, Germany, area on a mission to Berlin, on 22 Mar 1944 in B-24H 41-28678. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWI Victory, EAME.

  • John Hulse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt Neil Peters crew. 5 x combat missions. Ditched in B-24H 41-29331 'Blondie's Folly'; Mission to Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Forced to ditch in the Channel after fighters severely damaged A/C. Baled out mid channel...

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Places

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Willow Run, Detroit, MI 1944

Built at Ford.

Assigned Horsham St Faith, UK February 1944 – 16 March 1944

Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed English Channel 16 March 1944

Failed to Return(FTR) Friedrichshafen, 16-Mar-44; Ditched short of Dover in the channel, breaking up and sinking 2 x RTD, 8 x KIA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 19:38:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.458bg.com/group-aircraft
https://www.458bg.com/crew69peters.htm
https://www.458bg.com/Aircraft/PDFsheet/BlondiesFolly_WEB.pdf
https://www.fold3.com/image/668099006?terms=31324040
http://www.b24bestweb.com/blondiesfolly.htm

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 15:41:13 Bill Morris Changes to media associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 14:50:51 Bill Morris Changes to nicknames
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

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

MACR 3490 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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