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Carl Nathan Garrott

Military

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 Lille, France. Killed in Action (KIA). 5 other crew members were killed, 1 managed to evade and 3 were made Prisoners of War (POWs). No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) for this loss.

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.

  • James DeToris

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • Stephen Eppolito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    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...

  • Clayton Kammerer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on mission to bomb aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • William Marsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA). Plane attacked by fighters on assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing near Lille...

  • Michael Reardon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. Had direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area...

  • Alexander Simpson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle, while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • 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...

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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
Born 2 November 1918

Balcom, Union County, Illinois, the son of Lester D. and Maude Garrott

Lived in 1941

Anna, Union County, Illinois

Enlisted 7 October 1941

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps, at Scott Field, Illinois

Initially buried October 1942

in a cemetery in Lille, France (remains later repatriated to the United States)

Killed In Action (KIA) 9 October 1942

in the loss of B-24 41-23678 on a mission to Lille, France

Buried 1952

in a collective grave at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska, together with 3 other airmen killed on the same mission on B-17 41-24510 of 306th BG/367th BS. They are Joseph N. Gates, Bruce C. Nicholson and Truman C. Wilder Jr.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2019 14:00:43 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930
WWII Draft cards for Illinois

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:09 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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