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42-40733

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator 42-40733 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Clarence W Gerrick, returning safely to Libya.

Took part in "Big Week" a week of concentrated attacks on the German aircraft industries. 24th Feb 44 mission target Gotha, Germany piloted by James O McMullin Jr. Shot down by enemy fighters, crashed Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. 1 KIA / 9 POW. MACR 2939.

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
  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • Mervin Barkey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Bison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D 42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Dan Craddock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Muncie, Indiana.

  • Earl Crane

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D 42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Adelbert Cross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Roger Dunnington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D 42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Eastman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D 42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Gerrick

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Born in Toledo, Ohio, where he attended St. John High School, graduating in 1935. He played basketball in high school and at the University of Toledo, where he majored in business. ...

  • Richard Holsinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Stadtlengsfeld, GR on a mission to Schwienfurt on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D 42-40733. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ross Koch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

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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...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

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...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Clarence W Gerrick, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Stadtlengsfeld, Germany 24 February 1944

24th Feb 44 mission target Gotha, Germany piloted by James O McMullin Jr. Shot down by enemy fighters, crashed Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. 1 KIA / 9 POW. MACR 2939.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 12:37:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 14:53:26 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Added the crew of the Ploesti mission. Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

"Bomber Crewmen Who Flew on Tidal Wave," http://www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 14:15:07 Dieterle Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Correlating aircraft associated with Roger Dunnington.

Tail insignia: "Bomber Crewmen Who Flew on Tidal Wave," http://www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 14:11:41 Dieterle Changes to media associations
Sources

Adding aircraft picture associated with crew member Roger Dunnington.

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 13:51:08 Dieterle Changes to person associations
Sources

Removed duplicate personnel entry after transferring data.

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 13:38:41 Dieterle Changes to description
Sources

Richard Dieterle, reformatting.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 01:38:41 Dieterle Changes to mission associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle, matching date and place plane lost with list of 567th missions.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 01:05:48 Dieterle Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle, adding 567 BS from Operation Tidal Wave Aircraft Roster.

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 18:14:54 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2939 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 10:29:32 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2939 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2939 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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