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Thomas D Gilbert


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.



  • Edward Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Born October 1920. Raised in Rochester, New York, USA. Enlisting in September 1942, Second Lieut. Miller was captured by enemy forces near Gouzon (Gonzeville ?), France, September 15, 1943, following the crash of aircraft 42-40938. Served as POW...

  • Earl Warren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    From the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15215 (3 October 1944 - Brutus K. Hamilton, Captain, Air Corps, Intelligence Officer) detailing the events of the 42-40938 crash: "Lt. Earl D. Warren, Jr. returned to base 17 September 1944. He reports that A/C...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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


  • 41-23810 Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The aircraft returned safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 42-40938 D-Cup / Bathtub Bessie

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40938 was shot down over Doudeville, France with the William Loveday crew on the 15 September 1943 mission to the Romilly-sur-Seine Air Depot near Paris. Crashed 1km South of Doudeville, 15km NE of Yvetot, Seine Maritime, France. 4 KIA : Pilot...


  • 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 Rockford, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 02:13:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 10:58:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
22 September 2018 20:49:14 BrianWright Changes to aircraft associations

Great nephew of Edward Miller, completing genealogical research with supporting documentation of entered information. Edward and Thomas were crew mates.

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27 September 2014 18:25:51 AAM AAM ingest

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart & Page 276 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co, 1998 edition / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia