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Ralph J McBride

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-2430. Killed in Action (KIA) when it was shot down by Greece based Me-109s and crashed in the Ionian Sea.

Earlier on 7 Nov 1942 B-24D-1-CO 41-23710 'Hares to Ya' had crash landing with no crew injured except McBride who had a flak wound to his leg. Plane is also listed as 'Here's to Ya'

Service

People

  • Gerald Burton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Wilbert Clifford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Carl Domke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24' Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Coy Ellison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. ...

  • James Gill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Actio 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. SS/ DFC/ AM

  • James Huston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya ' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Harry Jarvis

    Military | Captain | Observer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM/ PH

  • James Key

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Krugel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 ' Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Alpheus Riddle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41.24230. DFC/ AM/ PH

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24230 'Hare's To Ya' 'Jo-Jo'S Special Delivery'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - A/C pilot Ralph J Mcbride Jr joined a 98th Grp formation on withdrawal from the target [Ploesti, 1/8/43]. A/C was intercepted by fighters of IV/27 JG West off Cefalonia, Greece and presumed downed over Ionian Sea by Lt. Hans Flor of...

  • 41-23710 Hare's To Ya

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was assigned to the 93BG/329BS and participated in the mission to Lille, France on 7-Nov-1942. The aircraft crash-landed at RAF Exter and all the crew except pilot Capt Ralph J. McBride, Jr. were uninjured. Capt McBride sustained a wound...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Houston, Texas
Killed in action 2 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2019 12:56:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 Ted's Travelling Circus p. 215-16 by C.. Stewart with crew picture p.215 and attack on plane p. 216 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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