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B-24 Liberator

Lost en route to Ploesti, Romania with the loss of all crew members.
1st Lt. Brian W. Flavelle - pilot, 2nd Lt. John C. Ryan - copilot
1st Lt. Robert F. Wilson - navigator, 1st Lt. Jack B. Lanning - bombardier
T/Sgt. Willis G. Lutz - radio operator, T/Sgt. John H. Cleveland - engineer/top turret gunner
S/Sgt. Tim O. McLaughlin - gunner, S/Sgt. Robert M. Bowden - gunner
S/Sgt. Melick J. Janacek - tail gunner, Sgt. Sander Lazar - photographer/gunner



  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...


  • 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
Crashed Corfu, Greece 1 August 1943

Lost on the August 1,1943 low-level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania. The aircraft went out of control and crashed into the Mediterranean near the island of Corfu on the way to the target. All 10 crewmen were killed.


512th Bomb Squadron, 376th Bomb Group "Liberandos", 9th Air Force.


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 19:57:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations