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41-11819

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-CO Liberator - 'Raunchy'

S/N # 41-11819

344th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air force

'Raunchy' was lost on the August 1,1943 low-level mission to Ploesti,Romania. She was hit by AAA over the target and exploded at an altitude of 150 feet and crashed into a field. 8 KIA, 2 POW MACR 169

Crew :

1st Lt. Samuel R. Neeley - pilot (KIA)

2nd Lt. Herman H. Henslee - Copilot (KIA)

1st Lt. Joel I. Corn - Navigator (KIA)

2nd Lt. Eugene L. Rodgen - Bombardier (KIA)

Sgt. Karl T. Edelen - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner (KIA)

Sgt. Robert P. Schultz - Gunner (KIA)

Sgt. William W. Schiffmacher - Radio Operator (POW)

Sgt. Alfred D. Cason - Gunner (KIA)

Sgt. Nick A. Allen - Gunner (POW)

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-40629 'The Scorpion'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator 42-40629, 'The Scorpion', with the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, "Operation Tidal Wave" piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...

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Units

People

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    ...

  • Samuel Neeley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Command Pilot
    ...

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 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.

Assigned

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 12:10:59 Kickapoo Changes to description and person associations
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2020 10:27:14 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti The Great Air-Ground Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 14:06:38 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday -- Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 14:04:01 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday -- Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
17 October 2020 13:55:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday -- Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz

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

http://www.taracopp.com/98th-Bombardment-Group-WWII

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
Sources

AAM Database.

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