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42-40071

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator 42-40071 'Margaret Ann II' 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF.
Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid returning to Libya.

Left in Tunis when 44th BG returned to Shipdham and transferred to MTO where it was recorded in 716th BS, 449th BG, 15th AF on 12 Nov 44 as war weary.

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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Bauman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Eugene Grimes

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • George Guilford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Corwin Huff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • George Jansen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Robert Reasoner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    On 3 January 1943 in B-24D 41-23806 'Bat Out of Hell' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft crashed south-west of Haverfordwest returning from target U/B yards (submarine) at St. Nazaire, France. Fuel shortage caused the crash. Hospitalized and...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Eugene Vickary

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

  • Coleman Whitaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071. ...

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid returning to Libya.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

716th BS, 449th BG, 15th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 10:52:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2015 15:44:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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