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William Dent Banks

Military

Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack'. 50 x combat missions. ETD

Awards: SS, DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Wilson Cain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Golec

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. Awards: DFC (OLC), BS (3OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Floyd Pleasant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Richotte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. 50 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Root

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. ...

  • Joseph Souza

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb 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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

Aircraft

  • 42-40208 'The Sad Sack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William D Banks, safely diverting to Cypress. ...

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 Columbus, OH 8 March 1918

Son of Thomas Dent and Ethel [Jones] Banks.

Enlisted Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH 27 January 1942

Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio

Based Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 3 January 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Dayton, Montgomery County, OH 13 June 2010
Buried Arlington National Cemetery July 2010

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2020 18:48:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/106012309
https://www.fold3.com/image/681900634
https://www.fold3.com/record/84169484-william-d-banks
https://www.fold3.com/record/111503007-william-dent-banks
https://www.fold3.com/record/623052375-william-banks-1918
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53762508/william-dent-banks

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