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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.
(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.

  • 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".

  • 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


  • 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 19:40:16 Al_Skiff Changes to caption

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 19:37:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations