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42-40735

B-24 Liberator

Pilot 1/Lt Horton, Robert W. KIA, Co-Pilot 2/Lt Hull, Charles T. KIA
Navigator 2/Lt Krug, Richard B. KIA, Bombardier 2/Lt Emerson, Elwood H. KIA
Engineer S/Sgt Steen, Zerrill J. POW, Radio Sgt Smith, Jack E. KIA
Waist T/Sgt Herlevic, Frank A. KIA, Waist S/Sgt Lambert, James V. KIA
Tunnel Sgt Kauffmann, Robert P. KIA, Tail S/Sgt Smith, Mack H. KIA

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...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Elwood Emerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735

  • Frank Herlevic

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Robert Horton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to the 9th AF during the Ploesti Raid, flying the B-24, 'Sand-witch' (42-40735).

  • Charles Hull

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Robert Kauffman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735

  • Richard Krug

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • James Lambert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Jack Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Mack Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Zerrill Steen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Rumania 1 August 1943

Hit by Flak over Ploesti and crashed, Campina, Romania. Pilot Robert W Horton. All crew bar Flt Eng POW, were KIA. MACR 156.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 14:46:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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

MACR 243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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