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Robert R Bird

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, in B-24 Liberator 42-40773.

3 October 1943 killed in B24 42-40773 over Morocco from fuel exhaustion during flight back to England having flown missions TDY out of N. Africa.

Earlier, Collision on training mission in B24 42-40687, but landed safely back at Hethel June 25, 1943.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    ...

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40773

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40773 '773' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-40687 I for Item

    B-24 Liberator
    Damaged beyond repair in a Mid-Air-Collision on 25 June 1943 with B-24 42-40774 while on a training mission

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

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Aztec, New Mexico
Killed non-combat 3 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2019 12:36:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey pp. 165, 301

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