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Worthington Alfred Franks

Military

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Navigator 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: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), PH.

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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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Event Location Date
Born Charlotte, TX 4 November 1919

Son of Vollie Oden Franks and Adelaide [Clayton] Grunnah.

Lived in Galveston, TX, USA 1942

Galveston, Texas, USA.

Enlisted Houston, TX 11 January 1942

Houston, Texas

Based Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

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

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Navigator 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

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

Buried Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, TX 1948

Memorialised
Restland Memorial Park
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2020 17:51:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/181328527/worthington-a_-franks
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55903192/worthington-alfred-franks

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 17:47:36 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 17:40:48 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography and events
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