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41-11603

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11603, MALICIOUS, was one of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO), which departed the U.S. in May, 1942, to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theatre of operations. The HALPRO aircraft were then assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bomb Squadron when it was constituted in October, 1942.

MALICIOUS completed 50 missions with HALPRO and the 376th Bomb Group. The aircraft was lost on a mission to Messina, Sicily, with Major John Toomey and crew on board, in the 515th Bomb Squadron. On the mission to bomb the Messina Harbor, MALICIOUS was hit by anti aircraft flak. Two engines were shot out of commission by German the anti aircraft flak batteries, but Major Toomey stayed on his bomb run and bombed his target. He was, then, attacked by German fighter planes, and, after a running air battle, Maj. Toomey was forced to make a water crash landing, ditching his plane into the Tyrrhenian Sea, twenty miles off the coast of Messina, Sicily. Crewmen in other aircraft in the area saw four to six men evacuate the plane into life rafts, but subsequent rescue flights were unable to locate the men. Maj. Toomey and his crew were all listed as Missing In Action, MIA. Jan 31, 1943.
HALPRO Aircraft #22 - C - Transfer
Lost Jan 31, 1943. ITA - Pilot Maj. John M. Toomey - 515th Bomb Squadron - MACR 3304

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Aircraft

  • 41-11603 Malicious

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11603, MALICIOUS, was one of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO), which departed the U.S. in May, 1942, to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theatre of operations. The...

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. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • Robert Block

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Lewis Brereton

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Lewis Hyde Brereton (June 21, 1890 – July 20, 1967) was a military aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the United States Air Force. A 1911 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he began his military career as a United States Army officer...

  • Otho Hundley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Alfred Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Joseph O'Meara

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Joseph Dale O'meara, Navigator, was killed in action on the B-24D Liberator Bomber #41-11603, 'Malicious', on a mission to Messina, Sicily. His aircraft was hit by two direct flak hits knocking out two engines. The aircraft was, then,...

  • Clifford Street

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • Joseph Taulbee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action on B-24 41-11603 'Malicious' on 31 January 1943, on a mission to Messina. His aircraft was hit by flak and forced to ditch in the sea.

  • John Toomey

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey ...

  • Frank Woltman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 376th Bomb Group

Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

  • Middle East Air Force

    28 June 1942
    After being brought under the command of USAMEAF (Middle East Air Forces) HALPRO B-24s attack shipping at Tobruk.

  • Middle East Air Force

    17 July 1942
    B-24 Liberators attack Benghazi harbour, while B-17 Flying Fortresses attack Tobruk

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Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 04:10:40 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Punctuation and lettering changes to aircraft name for clarity - Kickapoo

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03 June 2021 15:58:27 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Reformatted aircraft nickname to remove unnecessary punctuation and quotation marks

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18 April 2021 16:10:53 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11603'

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18 April 2021 15:55:18 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11603' - 'Malicious'

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18 April 2021 15:48:56 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'MALICIOUS'

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12 February 2021 10:46:54 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations and unit associations
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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26 January 2021 07:05:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, person associations and mission associations
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B-24 Best Web

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30 March 2020 10:01:14 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Joe Baugher

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376th Bomb Group

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