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42-40655

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed To Return - 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA MACR 174

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

  • William De Busk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Elliot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Zelwood Gravlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

  • Lawrence Hadcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

  • James Hale

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Ralph Kolb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Kraft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Amos Nicholson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME

  • Eugene O'Mara

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed on 1-Aug-43 on raid to Ploesti in B-24 42-40655 'Four Eyes' 42-40655, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 174 Awards: DFC, PH.

  • Lawrence Reitz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

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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
Assigned Benina, Libya 1943

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Failed To Return FTR Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA MACR 174

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2021 20:10:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino3.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 01:00:10 Joe Poire Changes to markings
Sources

Joe Poire, from web site "Nose Art" under B24D 42-40655

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 14:04:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 174

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