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Michael Joseph Cicon


Assigned to 44BS, 66BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on 1st August 1943 in Romania while on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2410

Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • George Winger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed on 1 August 1943 on raid to Ploesti while TDY to the 9th AF. ...

Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24015 'Wing Dinger'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Lost near the target Ploesti, 1st Aug 43. Reported that the plane was afire as pilot 1st Lt George W Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out. 7 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 2410.


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Exeter, Pennsylvania 29 September 1919

Son of Anna Cicon.

Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 8 June 1942

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 44BS, 66BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of war (POW) Timis De Jos, Romania 1 August 1943 – September 1944

Prison Camp 13, Timis De Jos in Romania

Discharged USAAF October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 17 February 1996
Buried Saint John the Baptist Cemetery Exeter, Luzerne County, PA 21 February 1996

Saint John the Baptist Cemetery
Exeter, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2021 10:46:08 Al_Skiff Changes to events and place associations

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23 July 2021 21:16:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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26 June 2020 09:37:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2410