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B-24 Liberator

Lost on Ploesti oil refinery raid. 1st Aug 1943. MACR 169.
1st Lt Samuel R Neeley Pilot KIA, 1st Lt Joel I Corn Nav KIA
2nd Lt Herman H Henslee Co Pilot KIA, 2nd Lt Eugeen L Rodgen Bombardier KIA
Sgt Robert P Schulz KIA, Sgt Charles P Geers Gunner KIA
Sgt Earl T Edelen Gunner KIA, Sgt Alfred D Cason Gunner KIA




  • 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...


  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
FTR Failed To Return 1 August 1943

Lost on Ploesti oil refinery raid. 1st Aug 1943. Immediately after bomb release A/C struck an AA balloon cable attached with an explosive device which upon detonation caused a wing to disintegrate. 8 KIA 2 POW. The Radio operator and a Gunner survived the crash and became POW. Pilot Samuel R Neeley, MACR 169.


344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.


Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:46:16 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and place associations

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:58:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations

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