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B-24 Liberator #41-11766 'Chug A Lug' 345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF, flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by LeRoy B Morgan, returning safely to Libya. Photo taken on war bond tour.
Crew left to right:
Front row T/Sgt. Richard A Kraham of Cooperstown, NY radio operator; S/Sgt. John I White of Plainview Arkansas, waist gunner
2nd Row: S/Sgt. John Martko, Mainville, NJ tailgunner; 1st Lt Charles B Hill Shreveport, LA navigator; 1st Lt John W Childers, Talent, OR co-pilot; 1st Lt Reuben J Weltha, Roland, IA pilot; S/Sgt. Donald F Swanson, Walsenberg, CO, waist gunner; 1st Lt Richard J Morrow, Madison, WI bombardier; S/Sgt Prentice Boston, Moundsville, WV, waist gunner; T/Sgt. Russel T Elkin, Markleysburg, PA Engineer,
Sgt Boston and Elkin can be seen on top of the plane.

Connections

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

People

  • Prentice Boston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Childers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Elkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Hill

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals. Post war: Served in Korean conflict.

  • Richard Kraham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Dick graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1940 where his exceptional baseball skills were noted by the New York Herald Tribune when they wrote an article about him that the "Birthplace of Baseball May Spawn Star." While working in advertising in...

  • John Martko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Morrow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Swanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Reuben Weltha

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. 50 x combat missions. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Johnnie White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 41-11766 Chug A Lug

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Leroy B Morgan, returning to Libya, 1 KIA [T/Sgt James VanNess, NJ] and 2 WIA (2nd Lt Victor Larson - Navigator, and T/Sgt Robert L. Tipton - Engineer).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2020 21:22:47 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and person associations
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Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 18:25:19 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:18:31 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:16:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and mission associations
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