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The 44th Bomb Group's ground personnel inspect the battle damaged B-24D, Stinger, after the large mission over Ploesti. First handwritten caption on reverse : " 44th Bomb Group Liberator, Stinger, damaged over Ploesti. Second handwritten caption on reverse : 41-11817 - 98th Bombardment Group. "

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Ground personnel of the 44th Bomb Group inspect a battle damaged B-24 Liberator after a mission over Ploesti, 1944. First handwritten caption on reverse: '44 BG Liberator damaged over Ploesti 8/1/44.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '41-11817 98 BG.'



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...


  • John Gormey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Staff Sergeant James H. Gomey was a gunner on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, which participated in the Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. Sgt. Gormey was slightly wounded over Ploesti, hit by flak. WIA. 1st Aug 43...


  • 41-11817 Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, by Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Louis R. Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...


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14 September 2021 16:26:44 Kickapoo Changes to caption

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