68th Anniversary of the Crash of B-24 “Little Lulu”

The B-24H 42-52479 “Little Lulu” (“Red J”) from the 776th BS, piloted by 2nd Lt. John H. James was shot down on August 24, 1944 after successful bombing of the David Fanto refinery in Pardubice, Czech Republic. On the way home, the ship was attacked by Uffz. Willi Reschke of I./JG 302. Sixty years later Mr. Reschke wrote: “I selected a B-24 and closed in on it from the rear with a clear height advantage. I opened fire, primarily aiming to disable the tail gunner, streaming his bursts towards me. My second burst hit the inboard port engine which immediately started to burn. At that moment my engine had been hit by several rounds, so I had to break my attack.”  The bomber was then finished by Fw. Hubert Engst of II.(Sturm)/JG 300. Engst’s plane was severely hit too and he had to bail out.

Radio operator Sgt John F. D’Amore was the only survivor of Little Lulu. Lt. James and other eight men perished in their plane
when it crashed about two hundred yards north of the village of Vlcice, Czech Republic. (Source: Jiri Sasek)

 

 

 

 

Little LuLu (42-52479) crash Site at Vlcice. (Photo from Jiri Sasek)

Little LuLu (42-52479) crash Site at Vlcice. (Photo from Jiri Sasek)

Little LuLu (42-52479) crash Site at Vlcice. (Photo from Jiri Sasek)

Little LuLu (42-52479) crash Site at Vlcice. (Photo from Jiri Sasek)

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2 responses to “68th Anniversary of the Crash of B-24 “Little Lulu”

  • A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs | Digging in the Roots

    […] Friday, August 24, 2012 marked the 68th anniversary of the crash of the B-24 bomber The Little Lulu. My grandfather, Sgt. Thad J. Watson Sr., was killed in that crash, along with all but one of his crew members. A child of a soldier who served on The Little Lulu, before my grandfather’s crew, has created a blog dedicated to honoring and remembering the members of the 464th Battle Group. Friday’s post contained more information on the crash of The Little Lulu, as well as photographs of the crash site. […]

  • Philippe Castellano

    My “Mena’Mom” (from Mena, AK, Betty R Karle, was the sister of Jack James, the Little Lulu’pilot. Peacefull to be this yong and brave crew.

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