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Exemple : B-24-D 44th BGEx

Consolidated B-24D-5-CO Serial 41-32777

of the 44BG / 66 BS piloted by Capt. Howard ADAMS (KIA)


Type / Name





Mission / Crash Location

pilot / crew


B-24D-5-CO "Maisie"

44 BG 66 BS


February 26, 1943

Me 109 Heinz Knoke


Crash Location 15 kms North of Bad Zwischenahn

Capt. Howard Adams, pilot KIA,
2nd Lt. Stanley McLeod, co-pilot KIA,
2nd Lt. Wayne Gotke, navigator POW,
2nd Lt. William Hannan, bombardier KIA,
T/Sgt. Robert Vogt, engineer KIA,
S/Sgt. Linwood Jones, radio operator KIA,
S/Sgt. Donald Bowie, gunner KIA,
S/Sgt. James Mifflin, asst. radio operator POW,
S/Sgt. Scott Brewer, gunner KIA,
Sgt. William Welsh, gunner KIA, Robert Post, journalist KIA
MACR 16067

The mission of the USAAF


VIII Bomber Command Mission 37: 76 B-17s of the 1st Bombardment Wing and 17 B-24s of the 2d Bombardment Wing are dispatched against Bremen, Germany.
The primary target is overcast so 59 B-17s and 6 B-24s attack the docks and surrounding areas of Wilhelmshaven, Germany dropping 164.25 tons of bombs between 11.23 and 11.25 hours local. We claim 21 Luftwaffe fighters destroyed, 9 probably destroyed and 5 damaged; we lose 5 B-17s and 2 B-24s
plus 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 14 WIA and 73 MIA. The Luftwaffe attempts air-to-air bombing by fighter aircraft and the use of parachute bombs fired by AAA.

Description of this victory by Heinz Knoke and collected information :

Heinz Knoke's Flightbook mission 165 left page
Heinz Knoke's Flightbook mission 165 right page
Warning !
To facilitate the reading, lines of Heinz Knoke's flightbook, appearing above, were modified with small computing assembly.
If the disposal is not in accordance with the original, the main thing of the information, namely the mission 165 of Februar 26, has no change.

Heinz Knoke Informations

Personal comments


 Flightbook, page 10, mission 165


 Lüftkampf mit 120
Boeing f ünd Liberators
über Friesland, abschuß
einer Consolidated
Liberator (USA) bei
flügplatz Zwischenahn.
Flügplatz Zwischenahn

Flügplatz Zwischenahn


 I flew for the f... page 85


 February 26, 1943

Type of claimed plane

 B-24 Liberator

 Place of the interception


 Crash Location

 15 km North of Bad Zwischenahn (250 yards from airfield)

Square CR - 4 / 7

Presumed Mission USAAF


 Presumed route USAAF

 Heading Wilhelmshaven > Square AQ - 8 (Spiekeroog Island) > on a South road at 8000m height .


KNOKE's takeoff at 10.55 from Jever
Victory at 11.18

 Weather report

Sky clear and cloudless blue.

Knoke's Unit

I./JG1 2./JG1

 Description of the fight

 12 Me 109. In 8000m head-on attack. He comes for a second frontal attack. The salvo register this time. Flames are spredding along the bottom of the fuselage of the Liberator. It sheers away from the formation in a wide sweep to the right.
Twice more he comes in to attack, this time diving from above the tail.
The fire spreads along the right wing. The inside engine stops. Suddenly the wing breaks off altogether.
The body plunges vertically, spinning.
At 3,000 feet there is a tremendous explosion, which cause the fuselage to desintegrate.

A sure victory.

 Détail 1

Knoke was impressed. "Some three hundred heavy bombers are group together"

In fact they were less than one hundred !

 Détail 2

"...Most of them are Liberators..."

Only 17 B-24 for 76 B-17...

 Détail 3

"One of the crew attempts to bail out. But his parachute is in flames..."

 Détail 3

After KNOKE's land on Bad Zwischenahn runway near the crash location he said "One hundred yards away I find the captain's seat and the nosewheel. A little doll, evidently a mascot, sits undamaged between the shattered windows of the cabin."

This little doll is very important to identify B-24 "Maisie".

 Détail 4

 KNOKE said that Dieter GERHARD shot down a bomber (the second heavy bomber and his seventh opponent)

 Détail 5

 KNOKE said that RADDATZ shot down a Fortress

 Détail 6

 KNOKE said that WENNECKERS shot down a Fortress

 Détail 7

 KNOKE said that DOBRICK shot down a Fortress

 Détail 8

 It's KNOKE's 164th operationnal mission, and 1,004th flight.
In fact 165th.

 Détail 9

 KNOKE said that his plane is equiped with two cannon and 13-millimetre guns.

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