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Barksdale AFB in Bossier Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dedicated to the 44th Bomb Group (H)

The B-24 Flying Eightballs

 
 
Dedicated to the 44th Bomb Group (H) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
1. Dedicated to the 44th Bomb Group (H) Marker
Inscription.
14th Combat Wing - 8th Air Force - WWII
Shipdham, England 7 Nov. 1942 - 25 May 1945
344 Combat Missions - 330 Enemy A/C Destroyed
8009 sorties delivered 18,980 tons of bombs with 153 A/C losses
Two presidential unit citations:

Kiel, Germany 14 May, 1943
Ploesti, Rumania 1 August 1943 - daylight low level attack on Rumanian oil refineries

Colonel Leon W. Johnson Medal of Honor for Ploesti raid leadership
served and trained at Barksdale Field from 7 February to 26 July, 1942. During
first bomb group to train with B-24 Liberators. Moved to Will Rogers Field, OK. on 26 July to prepare for overseas deployment.

 
Location. 32° 30.722′ N, 93° 40.899′ W. Marker is in Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in Bossier Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Shreveport Road and Lindbergh Road. Touch for map. Base access is required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 88 Shreveport Road, Barksdale AFB LA 71110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 344th Bomb Group (M) AAF Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Berlin Airlift Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 486th Bombardment Group (H) Memorial
Consolidated B-24J "Liberator" aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
2. Consolidated B-24J "Liberator" aircraft.
(within shouting distance of this marker); "Hell's Angels" (within shouting distance of this marker); 34th Bomb Group Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Lewis Elton Lyle (within shouting distance of this marker); 1999 Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award (within shouting distance of this marker); General Ira C. Eaker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barksdale AFB.
 
More about this marker. Located at the Barksdale Air Force Base Global Power Museum, is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public. Access is at the Northgate Road base entrance. A Government issued ID, (Drivers License, Passport etc.) is required to gain entry at the gate entrance.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  44th Bomb Group Veterans Association on the unit's accomplishments. (Submitted on July 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
A Consolidated B-24 Liberator from Maxwell Field, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain - USAF photo
3. A Consolidated B-24 Liberator from Maxwell Field, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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