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Francis A Bauman


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40071.

ETO/Queen Mary 9/5/42. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/16/43.

Killed in Action (KIA) (Weiner-Neustadt). Pilot: Whitaker. On October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 41-23816 'Black Jack' was attacked by flak in the bomb bay shortly after leaving target area. A/c peeled off while quickly losing altitude as fire developed. Broke in two and crashed in target area. 5 Killed in Action (KIA) and 5 Prisoner of War (POW). .


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23816 - Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23816, named, Black Jack, flown by Coleman Whitaker, in the 8th Air Force, based in England, should not be confused with another B-24D, 41-23661, also named, Black Jack, flown by Lt. Delbert Hahn, with a kicking mule picture for nose art...

  • 42-40071 Margaret Ann II

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40071, named, Margaret Ann II, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, TDY to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 68th Bomb Squadron and was flown by Lt. Coleman Whitaker on the Ploesti mission, returning...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...


Event Location Date
Born Tramping Lake, Kindersley Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada 1917
Killed in action 1 October 1943
Enlisted Los Angeles, California

Plot C Row 19 Grave 71


Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 13:16:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd, MACR 3312, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Will Lundy p. 135, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 298 with picture of the plane