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42-40747

B-24 Liberator

B-24D 42-40747 'Heavy Date' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew Ploesti oil refinery raid on 1st August 4, 3piloted by William M Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. On 7 January 44, its assigned target was the Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany, piloted by Carl A. Mattson. The ship was attacked by fighters, lost its position in the formation and with its cockpit on fire went into a corkscrew spin. After some of the crew had baled out the a/c exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret Department), 40km NE of Orléans, France. 4 EVD, 5 KIA, 1 POW. MACR 1851.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

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

People

  • Irvine Balsam

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Irvine Balsam was Left Waist Gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Shirley Berry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shirley Berry was Co-Pilot on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Taken in charge by the Shelburn evasion line, he and 23...

  • Bedford Bilby

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747. 3 November 1943 'The Captain & His Kids' B24D 41-24112 had an accident upon landing.

  • William Carraro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    William Carraro was Navigator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

  • Edward Griffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • Francis Krueger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Francis Krueger was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of...

  • Carl Mattson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-24D #42-40747 'Heavy Date'. Killed in Action (KIA). Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed near Vrigny, 40km NE of Orléans, Fance.

  • Vernon Mayer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • Harold Moore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

  • David Neilson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    David Neilson was Radio Operator on B-24 #42-40747, shot down on 7 January 1944 on the mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by fighters and with the cockpit on fire, some of the crew baled out before it exploded and crashed 1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret...

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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 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William M. Selvidge, returning safely to Libya.

Crashed 7 January 1944

1km NE of Vrigny (Loiret Department), France

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 13:16:13 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 1851

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2020 12:45:18 ED-BB Changes to place associations
Sources

Connection with Hethel

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 15:34:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 22:25:31 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1851 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 22:23:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2351 / 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 1851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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