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B-24 #41-23724 'Doodlebug' Ploesti crew:
Standing L-R
SGT Robert T. Butler, gunner, S/SGT Joseph E. Tamueircz, waist gunner, S/SGT Libert T. Hurt, waist gunner, T/SGT Kenneth W. Smith, flight engineer/top turret , T/SGT William G. Jordan, radio operator, S/SGT Murray L. Heckert, tail gunner
Seated L-R
2LT Robert J. Johnson, navigator, 2LT Israel Soloff, bombardier, 1LT James W. Welch, Jr, copilot, 1LT John E. McAtee, pilot.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...


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    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #41-23724 "Doodlebug" from the 512th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. Originally assigned to 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF she was badly damaged in a crash landing due to battle damage on Jan 15, 43. They repaired her and transferred her to the 512th...


Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 18:49:56 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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