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B-24D Liberator #41-23724 'Flying Cock' 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Later renamed 'Doodlebug'. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. The original Pilot, Llewelleyn "Lew" Brown (center looking down), would finish his tour of duty with the Low Level Ploesti mission 1 Aug 43.
(L to R)
J. C. Gardner - Gunner, Harold M. Serna - Engineer, R. J. Laffler - Tail Gunner, John T. Sparks - Bombardier, Llewelleyn L. Brown - Pilot
Robert J. Quinliven - Co-Pilot, John Hunt - Navigator, Ernest K. Kish - Top Turret Gunner, Charles C. Stercher - Radio Operator.



  • 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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron


  • Llewellyn Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43 as pilot B-24 #41-24298 'Queenie', diverting safely to Sicily. 15 January 1943 pilot of B-24 #41-23724 'Flying Cock' hit by flak, crash landed at Benghazi, Libya, with major damage due to flak.

  • J Gardner


  • John Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24298) nicknamed "Queenie".

  • Ernest Kish

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 15 January 1943. Hit by flak in B-24 41-23724 'Flying Cock'. North African Cemetery near Carthage, Tunisia AM/ PH

  • Richard Laffler


  • Robert Quinlivan

    Co Pilot B-24 41-23724 'Flying Cock' flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid.

  • Harold Sena

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 15 January 1943 when plane hit by flak in B-24 41-23724 'Flying Cock'. AM/ PH

  • John Sparks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) 13 December 1942 in 'Flying Cock' piloted by LLewellyn Brown. Head wound due to flak SS/ PH He flew on Bart Wigginton crew. He was wounded on Lorient mission 06 Mar 1943. Completed 11 missions. AM Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

  • John Sparks


  • Charles Starcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator
    MIA January 15, 1943 -- pictured at far right of crew photo


  • 41-23724 Flying Cock, Doodlebug

    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 19:36:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations