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W P Bireley


October 3, 1942 'Hitler's Hearse' landing gear would not retract. All but pilot and copilot had to bale out before attempted landing at Newmarket airfield. AC# B-17F-5-BO 41-24398. All crew returned.


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 36