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Joseph Edward Finneran

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Bombardier on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Romanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223.
Identified and recovered for reburial in Nov-2019

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

Service

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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 Philadelphia, PA 4 December 1921

Son of Patrick Joseph and Mary Agnes [Murphy] Finneran.

Enlisted Boston, MA 18 December 1941

Boston, Massachusetts

Lived in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, USA 1942

Jamaica Plain, MA, USA.

Lived in Needham, MA 1942
Assigned Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Bombardier 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.

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

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

Buried Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA November 2019

Mount Benedict Cemetery
West Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 16:59:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/545000530
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763407
https://www.fold3.com/record/83374679-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871776-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 15:49:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/545000530
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763407
https://www.fold3.com/record/83374679-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.fold3.com/record/529871776-joseph-e-finneran
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 14:53:18 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/187642510/joseph-edward-finneran

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 21:24:59 Hendry Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dpaa.mil%2FNews-St...

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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 17:34:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and events
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http://www.findagrave.com

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