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Wesley Leon Jones

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Tail gunner on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

Service

People

  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223. Awards: SS, DFC, AM (5OLC), PH.

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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

  • 42-40102 'Old Baldy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) with John Dore crew Ploesti; Lost near the target, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Romanian 80 mm. 10 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223.

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...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Missouri 1921

Son of Sherman Wesley and Aral Mae [Pyle] Jones.
Born Missouri, moved to Wichita, Kansas at age 1.

Enlisted Wichita, KS 6 July 1941

Initially with National Guard. Transferred to USAAC.

Lived in Spokane, WA, USA 1942

Spokane, Washington, USA.

Specialist training Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, MO 1942

Primary training - Jefferson Barracks, St Louis.

Training Smokey Hill AAF, Salina, KS 1942

Operational training - Smokey Hill AAF, Salina, Kansas.

Based Libya January 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 4-240102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Florence, Provincia di Firenze,
Toscana, Italy.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2020 15:32:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56364490/wesley-leon-jones

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:36:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:34:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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