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Ray Lawrence Gleason

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member 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: DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), PH.

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  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lilly, MI 1 December 1919

Son of Ernest Edward and Mabel Lois [David] Gleason.

Lived in Ann Arbor, MI, USA 1942

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Enlisted Detroit, MI 2 January 1942

Detroit, Michigan

Assigned Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member 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.

Buried Oakhill Cemetery, Saline, Washtenaw County, MI July 1949

Re-Interred
Oakhill Cemetery, Saline,
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 10:15:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events and unit associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:47:53 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:45:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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