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Stephen Eppolito

Military

Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing near Lille. 1 evaded and 3 Prisoner of War (POW)s.

Service

People

  • Arthur Cox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle"/"Bathtub Bessie" as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area...

  • Nicholas Cox

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Nicholas Cox ended his military career in the Air Force as a Colonel-USAAF.

  • Carl Garrott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Carl Garrott was Navigator on 'Big Eagle'/'Bathtub Bessie' B-24-1-CO 41-23678, attacked by fighters on assigned target Lille I/A, France on 9 October 1942. The Liberator received direct hits to engine no. 4 and the bomb bay area before crashing near...

  • Arthur Torrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. Aircraft attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. Direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay...

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23678 Big Eagle / Bathtub Bessie

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was assigned to 93BG/330BS. The aircraft had been despatched from Alconbury to participate in the attack on aircraft plants at Lille, France on 9 October 1942. The aircraft was attacked on the way to the target by a German fighter near...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Dunkirk, France 9 October 1942

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters near Dunkirk, France. Aircraft crashed near Lille, France.

Buried Southern Cemetery, Lille, France

Buried in the Southern Cemetery of Lille, France. After the war neither the grave location nor his remains could be identified and his remains still lie in this cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 21:38:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Corrected BG association form PURGE; added KIA event.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 19:32:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A.Hey MBE. NARA WWII Enlistment Records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37

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