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42-40773

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator 42-40773 '773' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya.

3rd Oct 43, in the aftermath of the Wiener Nuestadt raid A/C was damaged and leaking fuel. Parts were unavailable in Tunisia. The 389th was ordered back to Hethel so Capt Fowble attempted to divert to Morocco to make repairs. I for item (42-40773 I/K) crashed 1 mile short of Marrakesh, in first leg of return to Hethel from Tunis, due to fuel exhaustion with 12 aboard killed.

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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Adovasio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 Liberator 42-40773 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. (**** This needs verifying as there is no evidence in any reviewed source...

  • Billy Apel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group
    KNO in B24#42-40773 over Morocco from fuel exhausion during flight back to England having been TDY out of N. Africa. Apel is listed as a passenger.

  • Philip Ardery

    Military | Major General | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Silver Star/ 2 DFCs/ 4 Air Medals/ Croix de Guerre. ...

  • Robert Bird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, in B-24 Liberator 42-40773. ...

  • Robert Egan

    Military | Major | 389th Bomb Group
    KNO in B24 42-40773 over Morocco from fuel exhausion during flight back to England . Major Egan was a passenger. 389th had been TDY to N. Africa.

  • Edward Fowble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Foble was piloting B-24 42-40687 on a training flight on 25 June 1943 when he was involved in a mid-air-collision with B-24 42-40774 "Heaven Can Wait" piloted by 1st Lt Harold James. Fowble managed to land the aircraft at Hethel. ...

  • Edward LeJeune

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, in B-24 Liberator 42-40773. ...

  • Ralph Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    KNO in B24 42-40773 over Morocco from fuel exhausion during flight back to England having flown missions TDY out of N. Africa. Oct 3 1943

  • Forest Phifer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, in B-24 Liberator 42-40773. Lt. Phifer was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" for his valor in " Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at...

  • Robert Savage

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 389th Bomb Group
    KNO in B24#42-40773 over Morocco from fuel exhausion during flight back to England having flown missions TDY out of N. Africa. Collision on training mission in B24 42-40687, but landed safely back at Hethel June 25, 1943

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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...

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Presque Isle, ME, USA 12 June 1943

Landing accident, Presque Isle AAF, Maine, USA. Cat 3 damage, pilot John J McGraw.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya.

Crashed Marrakesh, Morocco 3 October 1943

3rd Oct 43, in the aftermath of the Wiener Nuestadt raid A/C was damaged and leaking fuel. Parts were unavailable in Tunisia. The 389th was ordered back to Hethel so Capt Fowble attempted to divert to Morocco to make repairs. I for item (42-40773 I/K) crashed 1 mile short of Marrakesh, in first leg of return to Hethel from Tunis, due to fuel exhaustion with 12 aboard killed.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 20:46:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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