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B-24D - Lt. Roydon LeBrecht Command Pilot - 'The 'Squaw'. Flew on the Ploesti mission in the lead line of airplanes of the 98th Bomb Group attacking the refinery, code nemed, White IV. LeBrecht followed Col. John Kane in the 98th's Lead ship, 'Hail Columbia', through the flak nest south of Ploesti and on south all the way to the British airbase at Nicosia, Cyprus and home the next day to Beghazi. lt. After the "Tidal Wave" mission, Lt. LeBrecht and 'The Squaw' flew back to the U.S. and went on a War Bond Tour.



  • 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. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...


  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24 Command pilot of the B-24D, #4111761, The 'Squaw' in North Africa in 1942-43. Lt. Lebrecht flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the Aug 1 1943 Ploesti raid, with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, and the 344th...


  • 41-11761 'The Squaw'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #4111761 'The Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, recovering to Cyprus, piloted by Royden L Lebrecht. On completion of its tour, returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for a war bond tour.


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