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This video is a brief summary of the book titled "Trouble". A B-24 Liberator nicknamed Trouble was shot down over Nazi-occupied France on Jan. 7, 1944. Robert Sweatt, the right waist gunner, was the only survivor. The book gives details of the crew's first 16 missions, the fateful 17th mission, and Robert's amazing escape through France including the famous Shelburne Escape Line. The book is full of laughter and fun, as well as tears, drama and miracles.

Connections

Units

  • 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...

  • Headquarters (389th Bomb Group)

People

  • Kenneth Caldwell

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40629. Shot down by FW 190 fighters near Orleans, France on 7 Jan 44 in B-24D 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Caplinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wendell Daily

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751. ...

  • Charles DeWitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Samuel Flatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • James McConnell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Saunders

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Max Snyder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • Robert Sweatt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down by Egon Mayer, German ace pilot, near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble' Rescued by Kiebler Duplant, et. al., aided by French Underground. Only survivor of crew. Evaded (EVD)

  • David Wilhite

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters near Orleans, FR on 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). SS, AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

Aircraft

  • 42-41013 'Trouble'

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to the 506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF and flew the low-level Aug 1, 43 mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. ...

Locations

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2018 17:52:30 LR-Smith Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Larry Smith

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2018 17:43:24 LR-Smith Created entry with caption
Sources

Larry Smith created the video and authored the book "Trouble".

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