Accident Consolidated B-24D Liberator 41-24091, Sunday 10 January 1943
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Date:Sunday 10 January 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Consolidated B-24D Liberator
Owner/operator:7th BGp USAAF
Registration: 41-24091
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Accra AAF -   Ghana
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Accra AAF
On 10 January 1943 a crew of 7th BG experienced a crash landing of their B-24 onto the runway at Accra Air Force Base in the Gold Coast of Africa. All crewmen escaped with only one receiving a small cut to his hand. The bomber was damaged beyond repair.

The “Report of Aircraft Accident” for the incident states the following:

B-24D #41-24091 Accident Accra – January 10, 1943
2nd Lt. Harold W. Goad, Pilot
2nd Lt. Albert J. English, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Walter V. McCoy, Navigator
2nd Lt. John C. Kelley, Bombardier
S/Sgt. Omar A. Austin, Engineer
S/Sgt. Robert W. Witte, Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Frank J. Chiarello, Gunner
S/Sgt. Francis E. Sawyer, Gunner
Sgt. George H. Marshall, Gunner
2nd Lt. Russell E. Wise
S/Sgt. Bernard A. Zucker
S/Sgt. Kenneth L. Diemand

1. At Ascension No. 3 engine lost power on take off but returned to normal operating conditions so we continued to Accra, arriving here January 9th.
2. The engine was ground checked last night and was operating okay. It was checked before take off and seemed normal.
3. Just after take off at Accra today, No. 3 engine cut out, and it was feathered immediately. We tried to gain altitude and the three remaining engines were increased but to no avail. No. 2 engine caught afire, but fire extinguished by use of engines fire extinguisher. After fire was out it operated but was very hot and rough.
4. We circled wide and shallow to left during this procedure returning to Accra Airport. No. 3 engine was unfeathered and tried to start it to get hydraulic pressure for landing gear. The hydraulic pump is on this engine.
5. The landing wheels came down, but nose wheel would not because the T pin was bent. S/Sgt. Austin attempted to drive the pin out with a hammer but it would not come out. By this time we were making a final approach and S/Sgt. Austin was ordered out of nose compartment.
6. Landing was then made with nose wheel retracted. We held the nose up as long as we could. When speed decreased the nose came down and skidded along runway and dug in the dirt off the end of the runway.
7. The nose of the airplane is damaged beyond repair. There appears to be no other damage to aircraft.
8. 2nd Lt. Russell E. Wise received a small cut on hand. No other personnel were injured.

Harold W. Goad
2nd. Lt. Air Corps,
Pilot Commanding.


Revision history:

10-Jan-2017 09:44 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2020 18:08 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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