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Theodore B Scarlett


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-23699.

Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 41-23816 'Black Jack' was attacked by flak in the bomb bay shortly after leaving target area. . A/c peeled off while quickly losing altitude as fire developed. Broke in two and crashed in target area. . 5 Killed in Action (KIA) and 5 Prisoner of War (POW). .


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23816 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23816, named, Black Jack, flown by Coleman Whitaker, in the 8th Air Force, based in England, should not be confused with another B-24D, 41-23661, also named, Black Jack, flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn, with a kicking mule picture for nose art...

  • 41-23699 'Lemon Drop'

    B-24 Liberator
    Consolidated B-24D-1-CO Liberator (s/n 41-23699) named "Lemon Drop" from the 68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. ...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Erie, Pennsylvania
Prisoner of war 1 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 08:50:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3312, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 135, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 298 with picture of the plane /