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Glen William Underwood

Military

Pilot of B-24 Liberator 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Clement Badeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Underwood crew member, B-24 Liberator 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted...

  • Francis Beatty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Henry English

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Jean Gambrill

    Military | Lieutenant | Co Pilot
    Co Pilot of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Robert Judy

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Bombardier of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Rexford Rhodes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Edward Rothkrug

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Navigator of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Ernest Sestina

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

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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. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd 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

  • 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #4111921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria.

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...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Miamisburg, OH 17 October 1919

Son of Glen B and Zella Ernestine Underwood.

Enlisted Miami Township, OH 25 August 1941

Aviation Cadet, Miami Township, noted on draft registration record

Enlisted Fort Thomas, Newport, KY 9 January 1942

Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 19 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Miamisburg, OH 21 December 1998
Buried Hillgrove Cemetery, Miamisburg, OH 24 December 1998

Hillgrove Cemetery
Miamisburg, Montgomery County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2020 16:54:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/679185374
https://www.fold3.com/record/36365062-glen-w-underwood
https://www.fold3.com/record/84181220-glen-w-underwood
https://www.fold3.com/record/626299370-glen-underwood-1919
Out of the Desert By John E. Blundell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/133674684/glen-william-underwood

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 15:24:06 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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