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41-23754

B-24 Liberator

'Little Lady' survived the Ploesti bomb run but was so damaged that it was crash landed just over the border into Turkey. All the crew survived the landing and were amazed that the plane did not explode or catch fire because of all the holes. The said it look like a sieve. Crew were interned in Turkey.

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Altizer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Was on 1 Aug '43 Ploesti raid and was interned in Turkey for a while. Abandoned the mission to the a/c factory at Gotha, GR due to a fuel leak and crashed in the woods at Bad Kissinger District, Bavaria, GR. ...

  • Edwin Baker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • Daniel Butler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 April 1944 in B-24 42-100248. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 41-23754 'Little Lady'

  • Lalouse Fultz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • Kenneth Herbert

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • James Hoover

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on 01/11/1941. Received his commission as pilot officer at Hagersville, Ontario, 09/10/1942. Hoover arrived at the port of embarkation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27/10/1942 and departed for England. On 05...

  • Charles Kimtantas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • Granville Meseke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady' Page 350 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790. A2S45)

  • Milton Rolley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

  • Joel Silverman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF, was interned in Turkey on Ploesti raid in B24 42-40754 'Little Lady'

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return FTR Turkey 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, crash landed in Turkey, crew interned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 17:34:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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