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Irvine J Balsam

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Irvine Balsam was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret Department), 40km NE of Orléans, France. Killed In Action (KIA).

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People

  • Shirley Berry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shirley Berry was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Taken in charge by the Shelburn evasion line, he and 23...

  • William Carraro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    William Carraro was Navigator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Francis Krueger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Francis Krueger was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of...

  • Carl Mattson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-40747 'Heavy Date'. Killed in Action (KIA). Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed near Vrigny, 40km NE of Orléans, Fance.

  • David Neilson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    David Neilson was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Russell Paquin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Russell Paquin was Ball Turret gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Taken in charge by the Shelburn evasion line,...

  • Manuel Rogoff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Manuel Rogoff was Bombardier on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Taken in charge by the Shelburn evasion line, he and 23...

  • Robert Rugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Robert Rugh was Right Waist gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Keith Sutor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Keith Sutor was Tail Gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Landed near Sully-la-Chapelle (Loiret Department), France and evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40747 'Heavy Date'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40747 'Heavy Date' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew Ploesti oil refinery raid on 1st August 4, 3piloted by William M Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. On 7 January 44, its assigned target was the Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany,...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kings Co, New York
Killed In Action (KIA) 7 January 1944

in the crash of B-24 # 42-40747, 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret Department), 40km NE of Orléans, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 13:54:24 ED-BB Changes to role, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1851

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2015 11:37:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to firstname, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
MACR 1851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1851, 8th AF Losses, WWII Memorial

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