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42-40807

B-24 Liberator

This was Capt. Chester Spurrier's "regular" aircraft. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Chester E Spurrier, returning safely to Libya. Briefly a 93rd BG aircraft in June 1943. It was lost in combat on February 24, 1944 while being flown by Lt. Gold's crew of the 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. Target Gotha, Germany, lost 24th Feb 44 to German fighters, crashed at Massbach, Germany - 6 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2940.

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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

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

People

  • Charles Ballard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40807 with Spurrier's crew.

  • Joseph Brockway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Buchholtz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Benjamin Cioacchino

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group

  • Stanley Corrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group

  • Rosslyn Dicks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

  • Edward Duffy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40807.

  • Billie Freeman

    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 42-40807.

  • John Gold

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

  • Milton Graalum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Chester E Spurrier, returning safely to Libya.

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

Lost in combat on February 24, 1944 while being flown by Lt. Gold's crew. Target Gotha, Germany, fell to German fighters, crashed at Massbach, Germany - 6 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2940

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2017 15:31:23 Stephen Hicks Changes to person associations
Sources

This is my son-in-laws grandfather Harry W Gregg who was assigned to B-24 42-40807 during the Ploesti raid 1 Aug, 1943

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 17:50:20 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2940 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 22:47:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2940 / 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 2940 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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