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Robert E Courtney

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid in B-24 #42-40364.

Service

Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

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...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Spokane, WA, USA 1941
Enlisted 23 January 1942

Entered service from Geiger Field Spokane, WA.

Died Macedonia (FYROM) 1 August 1943
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 12 July 1949

Grave 107, Section 15

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:39:35 decwriter Changes to mission associations
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KIA during Operation Tidal Wave.

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 14:37:44 decwriter Changes to service number and events
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NARA verified ASN upon entry.

Date Contributor Update
04 July 2020 13:49:10 decwriter Changes to awards
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NARA file verified awards.

Date Contributor Update
15 June 2020 01:09:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 14:31:38 decwriter Changes to events
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Updated biography information.

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2018 00:45:35 decwriter Changes to service number
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ASN on MACR.

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2018 12:01:43 decwriter Changes to awards
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Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2018 11:48:47 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Re-checked MACR 165: https://www.fold3.com/image/1/29417957
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49171417/robert-e.-courtney

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 165

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