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George W Winger


Killed on 1 August 1943 on raid to Ploesti while TDY to the 9th AF.
Plane was 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.
Lundy reports the plane was afire as Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out.

Earlier 14 May 1943 in B-24 41-24014 'Scrappy'. Fighters attacked causing top turret to explode. Shot up plane got to England with crew safely bailing out. The plane was shot down by Spitfires as it was not able to land safely

DFC, AM with OLC, PH



  • Michael Cicon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 44BS, 66BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on 1st August 1943 in Romania while on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2410 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24015 'Wing Dinger'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed to Return - Lost near the target Ploesti, 1st Aug 43. Reported that the plane was afire as pilot 1st Lt George W Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out. 7 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 2410.


  • 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 Columbus, Ohio
Killed in action 1 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
26 June 2020 09:26:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2410 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol 1 by Bishop & Hey pp. 119, 218, 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp.62-64, 94-95, ABMC; 44th Bomb Group, The Flying Eightballs, pg 20