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Edward L Fowble


Foble was piloting B-24 42-40687 on a training flight on 25 June 1943 when he was involved in a mid-air-collision with B-24 42-40774 "Heaven Can Wait" piloted by 1st Lt Harold James. Fowble managed to land the aircraft at Hethel.

Flew on the Ploesti raid on 1 August 1943 in B-24 42-40773.

He was killed in B-24 42-40773 at Marrakesh, Morocco from fuel exhaustion, on 3 October 1943.



  • Philip Ardery

    Military | Major General | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Silver Star/ 2 DFCs/ 4 Air Medals/ Croix de Guerre. ...

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40773

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40773 '773' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • 41-23737 'Eager Beaver' 'Fearless Freddie'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF named 'Eager Beaver'. Transferred to 704BS, 446th BG, 8AF USAAF. Became 446th Group's first assembly ship and was re-named 'Fearless Freddie'. It cracked up in Oct 44.

  • 42-40687 I for Item

    B-24 Liberator
    Damaged beyond repair in a Mid-Air-Collision on 25 June 1943 with B-24 42-40774 while on a training mission


  • 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

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Hobart, Ind
Killed in action Marrakesh, Morocco 3 October 1943

Left Tunis with insufficient fuel and a small leak headed for Marrakesh. As a result he crashed while trying to glide into the landing strip at Marrakesh. The crash killed all but two of his crew.


Date Contributor Update
18 October 2019 10:56:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group;

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 00:50:51 Dieterle Changes to biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Philip Ardery, Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky: 1978) 131-133.

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2018 10:37:23 Emily Changes to firstname and biography

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan and Stewart page 186, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 165, NARA