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Lloyd Theodore Fowler

Military

Crew member of B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe' lost on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, A/C had large fuel leak in bomb bay prior to target, pressed on and bombed target with A/C bursting into flames from leaked fuel, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, 6 crew bailed, 2 survived descent, Lil Joe exploded and crashed in a field, Hussey and radioman pulled from wreck badly burnt and became POW's. 4 POW, 5 KIA. MACR 222.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Lindley Hussey

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Lindley Hussey was the pilot of the B-24D liberator bomber, #41-11886, named, 'Lil Joe', lost on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid. As Lt. Hussey, flying in Flight 3 behind the fist two flights ahead of him, approached his target, he took...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th 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

  • 41-11886 'Lil Joe'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'Lil Joe', SN #41-11886, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, by Lt. Lindley Hussey. 'Lil Joe' was lost on the Ploesti oil refinery raid. The aircraft was hit by flak and had a large...

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 Oklahoma 1902

Son of E. Earl and Agnes Caroline [Winchester] Fowler.

Lived in Kelso, WA 1942
Enlisted Portland, OR 4 March 1942

Portland, Oregon

Based 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member of B-24 41-11886 'Lil Joe' lost on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, A/C had large fuel leak in bomb bay prior to target, pressed on and bombed target with A/C bursting into flames from leaked fuel, pilot pulled aircraft into climb to enable bail out, 6 crew bailed, 2 survived descent, Lil Joe exploded and crashed in a field, Hussey and radioman pulled from wreck badly burnt and became POW's. 4 POW, 5 KIA. MACR 222.

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1948

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neupre, Belgium
Plot A Row 39 Grave 47

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 11:29:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763974
https://www.fold3.com/record/83141770/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529853355/american-battle-monuments-commiss...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358218/lloyd-theodore-fowler

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 01:01:43 J. Mahler Changes to service number
Sources

Find A Grave Memorial #56358218 provides much information. Sgt. Fowler is my great uncle, brother of my grandmother.

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 10:33:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 222

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