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42-7578

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Frankfurt mission 29-Jan-44 and piloted by 2/Lt Ernest Bruce, lost all 4 superchargers. Ran out of cloud cover over Belgium, fighting off repeated enemy fighter attacks while flying 75 feet, the pilot performed a wheels up landing at RAF Detling with 2 wounded crewmen aboard. 7 x RTD, 2 x WIA.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H 42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. They ran out of cloud cover over Belgium and were flying only about 75 feet above

  • Jesse Fleming

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD.

  • John Goss

    Military | 446th Bomb Group

  • David Grisham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H 42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD. ...

  • Leslie Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt

  • M McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD.

  • Forrest Mclaughlin

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator; Waist Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    B-24H 42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Pretty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD.

  • Hardy Renfroe

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD.

  • Edward Schuller

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 446th Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-7578 'Hula Wahine' lost all superchargers on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up landing at RAF Detling. RTD.

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Places

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured 1943

Built at Ford.

Crashed Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago 30 October 1943

Taxiing Accident Waller Field, Trinidad Cat 3 damage 2Lt John T Goss, 30-Oct-43

B-24H 42-7578 AT

Assigned Bungay NR35, UK November 1943

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Detling, Maidstone ME14, UK 29 January 1944

Combat damaged and with no functioning turbochargers. Wheels up landing at RAF Detling, Kent, 29-Jan-44. 7 x RTD, 2 x WIA.

Salvaged 31 January 1944

Salvaged 31-Jan-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2018 16:32:08 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/161316984
http://www.b24bestweb.com/hulawahine2.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-7578&Submit4=Go
http://www.8thafhs.com/old/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=641

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2018 15:24:27 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/161316984
http://www.b24bestweb.com/hulawahine2.htm
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-7578&Submit4=Go

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