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41-23699

B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24D-1-CO Liberator (s/n 41-23699) named "Lemon Drop" from the 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF.

This was one of the original 9 aircraft flown to England by the 68th BS and was a veteran of the Aug 1, 43 low-level mission to Ploesti Romania (Operation Tidalwave).

Later was declared 'War-Weary' and used as the formation assembly ship for the 44th BG.
After failing a POM inspection she was scrapped on June 1, 1945.

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

  • Jack Banta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 10/14/42. ...

  • Carl Cleland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ...

  • Frank Cross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ...

  • Carl Haworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 1/16/43. ...

  • Henry Hayes

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ...

  • Sterling Holm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    A bombardier with the 44th BG Sterling Holm had already flown 4 missions before being crewed up with 66th Sqdn's 'Lemon Drop' in December 1943. ...

  • Donald Ingram

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 4/10/42. ...

  • Herbert Light

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-23699. 27 combat missions. 2 DFCs/ 5 Air Medals/ Bronze Star 1 Fs

  • Reginald Phillips

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    20 March 1943 a/c AL450 Boston III on a tow training flight with B24's. Flutter developed and eventually caused plane to break apart so crew baled out. Phillips and engineer Planchard suffered some injuries, but all 3 men aboard returned to duty. ...

  • Theodore Scarlett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-23699. ...

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

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Veteran of the August 1,1943 low-level mission to Ploesti Romania (Operation Tidalwave).

Written Off Shipdham, Norfolk, UK 1 June 1945

After failing a POM inspection she was scrapped on June 1, 1945.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Retasked Shipdham, Norfolk, UK

Declared 'War-Weary' and used as the formation assembly ship for the 44th BG.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 08:44:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 11:41:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org / http://www.vintagewings.ca

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