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Joseph A Higgins Jr


Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-28676. Prisoner of War (POW).

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb 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...

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28676

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Attacked by 15 E/A over Bremen on return journey. Lost about 10ft of port wing with both port engines knocked out and a fire started in the bomb bay, crew baled out, with...

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Lived in Hartford, Connecticut 1941
Enlisted Connecticut, USA 1942
Based Hethel 1943 – 29 April 1944

Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF.

Baled out Dümmer, Germany 29 April 1944

Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-28676. POW.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 29 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW).
Stalag Luft I.


Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 11:28:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 4494;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 15:22:43 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2016 14:15:29 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, MACR 4494