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Benina

Military site : airfield

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Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

People

  • Adolph Aguirre

    Military | Sergeant | AR | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) while TDY to 9th AF. B24 41-23817 'Suzy Q' believed to have crashed and burned on beach at Cape Stilo, Italy. WOM North Africa

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Took part in Operation 'Tidal Wave', the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'. ...

  • Robert Austin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti in B-24 41-24198; Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 166 Awards: PH.

  • 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...

  • Walter Bateman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) while TDY to 9th AF. B24 41-23817 'Suzy Q' believed to have crashed and burned on beach at Cape Stilo, Italy. p. 235

  • J Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt in B-24 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'; mauled by fighters, A/C exploded 10 miles north of target. 1-Oct-43 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR...

  • Julian Bleyer

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-24 41-11896 flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Prentice Boston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Brisbi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 389BG 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' 41-11840 1-Aug-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 173 Awards: DFC, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Steve Bugyie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

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Aircraft

  • 41-23817 'Suzy Q'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'Suzy Q', flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost on Aug 16, 1943 on a...

  • 41-24226 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D 'Joisey Bounce' was assigned to Pilot Col. Walter T. Stewart of the 330 Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, for the famous mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, Aug 1,1943. Col. Stewart changed his assigned plane...

  • 42-40371 'GI Gal'

    B-24 Liberator
    Departed target Ploesti, with part of a wing shot off, A/C emerged into a crisscrossing of ships, was unable to catch up with any of the improvised formations ahead and so was a tempting target. Me 109s pounced and shot away most of the tail turret,...

  • 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 9AF USAAF, TDY in North Africa. Failed to Return (FTR) Weiner Neustadt with Olson crew; attacked by 5 Me-109's, bomb bay and one engine ablaze, A/C peeled off while still being pursued. After all the crew...

  • 42-40402 'The Sandman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'The Sandman' and flown by Lt. Robert Sternfels in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, flew on the famous mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Lt. Sternfels flew in...

  • 42-40364 'The Pink Elephant' - 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs '

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'THE PINK ELEPHANT', SN #42-40364, flown by Capt. James A. Gunn and was the second B-24D, also named, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group - "The Pyramiders", and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. The...

  • 41-24198 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' - 'Hell From Heaven' - 'Shoot You're Faded'

    B-24 Liberator
    - Not to be confused with #42-40608, 'THE VULGAR VIRGIN' of the 8th Air Force - 93rd Bomb Group - 328th Bomb Squadron - It also flew on the Ploesti mission, piloted by Lt. Claude Turner - Interned Turkey Aug 1, 1943 - Lt. Turner escaped from the...

  • 41-11819 'Raunchy'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-CO Liberator - 'Raunchy' ...

  • 41-11840 'The Witch'

    B-24 Liberator
    The aircraft, 41-11840, named, 'The Witch', was painted before the 9th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group's 343rd Squadron left Florida for duty in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations in July, 1942 with it's pilot, Lt. Glade Jorgenson. It played a...

  • 42-40322 Cornhusker

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down over the Ionian Sea by Bf109G's from JG 27/IV while returning from the August 1,1943 low-level mission to Ploesti,Romania. All 10 crew members were KIA. MACR 178 ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 03:21:23 466thHistorian Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benina_International_Airport

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