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42-40370

B-24 Liberator

Originally flew the 1 Aug 43 Ploesti mission with the 44th BG / 506th BS 'Heaven can Wait' (V), but aborted before the target and landed on Cyprus.

Transferred to the 389th BG / 566th BS (EE W) at the beginning of Nov 43, and flew on combat operations through 26 Mar 44, then transferred to the 467th BG and became an assembly aircraft.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron
  • 789th Bomb Squadron
  • 790th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bonham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Edgar Cason

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO

  • Donald Chase

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. Served in England and Africa. DFC/ AM

  • Hugo Dunajecz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Blackwell Dunnam

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    attached to database form DFC/ AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 4 battle stars Transferred 467th BG

  • Charlton Holtz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370.

  • William Phipps

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370.

  • Robert Ricks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Harold Schwab

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Edwin Stewart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer / Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Places

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, TDY 9th AF.

Ploesti Participant Cyprus 1 August 1943

Flew on the 1 Aug 43 Ploesti mission with the 44th BG / 506th BS 'Heaven can Wait' (V), but aborted before the target and landed on Cyprus.

Crashed Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 27 October 1944

Take off accident, damaged CAT4, Rackheath/Sta 145, England, pilot Edgar P Cason.

Assigned

566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 13:03:41 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 12:57:55 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2015 21:08:06 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://www.8thafhs.com

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