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41-28884 Shadrach (#1), later Problem Child

B-24H-15-DT

 

A 34th BG Original.

 

This was a Gee-H equipped aircraft.

 

MISSION LIST

A 34BG Original. Name was Shadrach (#1)

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-28884 E/O 7BS Dean Shadrach (#1)

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-28884 E/O 391BS Stewart Shadrach (#1)

Mission #4 May 27, 1944 41-28884 E/O 7BS Tuttle Shadrach (#1)

 

Transferred to the 486BG. Name became Problem Child.

 

NOTE: The following 486BG information was compiled by Tom Brittan. Thanks Tom!

 

486BG Mission #16 June 6, 1944 41-28884 P/F Sather

486BG Mission #18 June 7, 1944 41-28884 P/F De Witt

486BG Mission #19 June 8, 1944 41-28884 P/F De Witt

486BG Mission #21 June 12, 1944 41-28884 P/F Sowers

486BG Mission #22 June 14, 1944 41-28884 P/F extra

486BG Mission #23 June 15, 1944 41-28884 P/F De Witt

486BG Mission #28 June 22, 1944 41-28884 P/F Towne (Squadron Lead)

486BG Mission #35 June 30, 1944 41-28884 P/F Towne/Rex, E (Group Lead)

486BG Mission #36 July 1, 1944 41-28884 D/N unused spare (shown as D/F)

486BG Mission #37 July 2, 1944 41-28884 D/N Towne (Group Lead) 2S*N

486BG Mission #38 July 4, 1944 41-28884 D/N unused spare

486BG Mission #39 July 5, 1944 41-28884 D/N Reeder (flew lead with 487BG)

486BG Mission #44 July 14, 1944 41-28884 D/N Towne/Howell (Group Lead)

486BG Mission #46 July 18, 1944 41-28884 D/N unused spare

486BG Mission #47 July 19, 1944 41-28884 D/N Hastings

 

Transferred to the 34BG. Name most likely remained Problem Child.

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 41-28884 B/V Alexander Problem Child (GH aircraft)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 41-28884 B/V Bruck Problem Child (flying with 493BG)
Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-28884 B/V 391BS Murphy Problem Child

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 41-28884 B/Y 4BS Pavlicek Problem Child

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28884 L/J 391BS Becker Problem Child

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 41-28884 L/J Problem Child (ground spare)

 

Transferred to 491BG

 

MIA November 26, 1944.

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

A 34BG Original. Name was Shadrach (#1)

 

Mission #1 May 23, 1944 41-28884 E/D 7BS Dean Shadrach (#1)

Took off at 0532 hours from Hardstand #3.

Flew position 2-3 in High Squadron. Probably actually flew position 3-2.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Made runs at 0857 hours and 0913 hours but did not drop bombs. Brought all bombs back to base.

"Middle building hit next to road. 3rd building."

No damage reported.

Landed 1201 hours.

Navigatorís light out. Inspected and repaired.

Dean (P)

Ferris (CP)

Palmer (N)

Leckenby (B)

Maurer (R)

Holt (E)

Kordes

Miller

Gibson

Hayes

 

Mission #2 May 24, 1944 41-28884 E/O (scheduled for Brown, but replaced.) (incorrectly listed as 864)

 

†††††††††††††††††††† May 24, 1944 41-28884 E/O

On 34BG Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #3B at 2140 hours.

 

Mission #3 May 25, 1944 41-28884 E/O 391BS Stewart Shadrach (#1)

Took off at 0508 hours.

Flew position 4-3 in High Squadron.

Carried 12 500 lb bombs. Dropped on the Secondary Target at 0920 hours from 18,500 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1101 hours.

#4 Generator out. Inspected and to be replaced.

Stewart, J. A. (P)

Korf, R. S. (CP)

Woodrich, R. E. (B)

Maggiotto, H. O. (R)

Serna, L. G. (E)

Adney, D. E. (BG)

Charbonneau, V. A. (TG)

Hernandez, M. H. (NG)

Barbera, R. A. (G)

 

Mission #4 May 27, 1944 41-28884 E/O 7BS Tuttle Shadrach (#1) (listed as 6884)

Took off at 0848 hours.

Flew position 2-3 in Low Squadron.

Carried 52 100 lb M47-A bombs. Dropped on the Primary at 1405 hours from 18,300 feet.

No damage reported.

Landed 1537 hours.

Internal failure, #2 engine. Inspected and replacing engine.

Tuttle (P)

Strong (CP)

Gullace (N)

Chation (R)

Henry (E)

Marshall (NG)

Touhill (BG)

Pell (TG)

Havron (G)

 

Transferred to the 486BG. Name became Problem Child

 

Transferred to the 34BG. Name most likely remained Problem Child

 

††††††††††††††††††† †††July 25, 1944 41-28884 Alexander Problem Child

Took a 2 hour test flight to 10,000 feet.

Everything seemed to check out OK.

Alexander, V. G. (P)

First, D. F. (N)

 

Mission #46 July 29, 1944 41-28884 B/V Alexander Problem Child (GH aircraft)

Mission #47 July 31, 1944 41-28884 B/V Bruck Problem Child (flying with 493BG)
Mission #58 August 13, 1944 41-28884 B/V 391BS Murphy Problem Child

Mission #59 August 14, 1944 41-28884 B/Y 4BS Pavlicek Problem Child

Mission #60 August 15, 1944 41-28884 L/J 391BS Becker Problem Child

Mission #61 August 16, 1944 41-28884 L/J Problem Child (ground spare)

 

Transferred to 491BG, 853BS T8*X

 

November 26, 1944 failed to return, crashed Misburg, Germany. 9 KIA, MACR 10762.

Hite, John P. (P)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Lt†††††††† KIA††††††† Christiansburg, VA

Volden, Morris J. (CP)†††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Lt†††††††† KIA††††††† Cottonwood, ME

O'Brien, Thomas R. (N)†††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Lt†††††††† KIA††††††† Waspeth, NY

Sutton, Bill H. (B)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Lt†††††††† KIA††††††† Little Rock, AR

Tybarsky, Edward B. (TT)††††††††††††††††† Sgt††††††††† KIA††††††† West Aliquippa, PA

Weible, Kenneth F. (R)†††††††††††††††††††††† Sgt††††††††† KIA††††††† Chappell, NE

Marko, Andrew (LW)††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sgt††††††††† KIA††††††† Bridgeport, CT

Negrin, Carl (RW)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sgt††††††††† KIA††††††† Brooklyn, NY

Wagers, Harold R. (TG)††††††††††††††††††††† Sgt††††††††† KIA††††††† College Corner, OH