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42-40102

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) with John Dore crew Ploesti;
Lost near the target, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Romanian 80 mm. 10 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223.

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. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th 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 Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Missed the Ploesti oil refinery due to dysentery. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223. Awards: SS, DFC, AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Joseph Finneran

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Bombardier on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Romanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223. ...

  • Worthington Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Navigator on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Ray Gleason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), PH.

  • Joseph Iosco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Wesley Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Tail gunner on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

  • Max Lower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Radio Operator on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 223. ...

  • Frank Norris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Filght Engineer | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

  • Stanley Packer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Gunner on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), 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 Libya 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2020 16:59:16 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29418724
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy3.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 21:20:45 Hendry Changes to person associations
Sources

Joseph Finneran was my friends uncle, he is on the B-24 LIBERATOR Old Baldy and was the Bombardier. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dpaa.mil%2FNews-St...

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:21:58 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.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 223

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