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42-40364

B-24 Liberator

Capt. James A. Gunn, Jr. - Pilot (KIA), 2nd Lt. Richard C. Williamson - Co-Pilot (KIA)
1st Lt. Bernard E. Leimbach - Navigator (KIA), 2nd Lt. Robert C. Courtney - Bombardier (KIA)
T/Sgt. Edwin L. Turner - Eng/Top Turret (KIA), T/Sgt. Delmar E. Smith - Radio Operator (KIA)
S/Sgt. Frederick L. Stukey - Waist Gun (KIA), S/Sgt. Charles R. Ruark - Waist Gun (KIA)
S/Sgt. Stanley M. Horine, Jr. - Tail Gun (POW)

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

People

  • Robert Courtney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #42-40364.

  • James Gunn

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #42-40364. ...

  • Stanley Horine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Sole survivor of B-24 #4240364 on Ploesti raid. Prisoner of War (POW), held at Camp Chumen Shumla, Bulgaria.

  • Bernard Leimbach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti Raid in B-24D #42-40364 Y "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

  • Charles Ruark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #4240364

  • Delmar Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti Raid in B-24 #4240364

  • Frederick Stukey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on Ploesti Raid in B-24 #4240364

  • Edwin Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #42-40364.

  • Richard Williamson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #4240364

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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
FTR Failed to Return Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Lost during the low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries in Ploesti, Rumania on August 1,1943. She was jumped by fighters while leaving the target and shot down with only the tail gunner, S/Sgt. Stanley Horine, surviving. MACR 165

Assigned

343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:58:18 decwriter Changes to description
Sources

Corrected to Stanley M. Horine, Jr. per movement order.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 01:58:27 decwriter Changes to description
Sources

Charles R. Ruark was listed as Roark, so the biography listing is correct now.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2018 11:49:41 Lucy May Changes to unit associations
Sources

MACR 165: https://www.fold3.com/image/1/29417957

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:44:31 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and place associations
Sources

"Air Stories of the 12th & 15th Air Forces" - Gerard Paloque

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 14:06:49 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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