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Howard E Kleinstuber


Shot down 18 March 1943 in B-24 #4123666 'Hot Freight. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Flying in the diamond position of the lead element on a mission to Vegesack, Germany shipbuilding works, the plane took frontal attacks from ME-110 as well as flak attacks. Plane went down west of Seefield. Ted's Travelling Circus states the pilot was popular and had the nickname 'Tarzan' because he brought exercise gear and worked out regularly. He was also known for his 'Kraut crewcut' and is pictured getting his hair cut in the book.


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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


  • 41-23666 Hot Freight

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-1-CO 41-23666 [AG:s] was assigned to the 93BG/330BS at Hardwick, UK. on 18-Mar-43 the aircraft was despatched on a mission to bombe the port facilities at Vegesack, Germany. The aircraft sustained battle damage over the target and crashed near...


Event Location Date
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Killed in action 18 March 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 15595, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 91, Ted's Travelling Circus by Cal Stewart pp. 84-85, picture p. 59