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41-11636

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, Liberator bomber first named, Wash's Tub - 41-11636 - was first flown by Martin Walsh and was originally Halpro aircraft, #24, first, in the "Halverson Project' in 1942 in the 9th Air Force. It was later transferred to the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bomb Squadron. Wash's Tub, 41-11636, was then, was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group before being sent to 376th Bomb Group. Flown by Lt. James Bock's crew on the low level mission to Ploesti, Romania. During this plane's 15 months in the Middle East: It flew 73 missions, dropped 219 tons of bombs, flew 551 hours in combat, shot down 22 fighters, and flew 100,000 miles.
It redeployed to the U.S. on Sept. 13, 1943, for a War Bond Tour and later became a personal and training aircraft for it's original pilot, Martin Walsh, with the number, 636, on the nose.
Martin Walsh, the original HALPRO pilot, who took Wash's Tub overseas in May of 1942, told how, many years ago, after he completed his North African tour, he was assigned to the Pueblo Army Air Base as an instructor. When he arrived at the base, he spotted his old airplane sitting forlorn and forgotten in a remote area of the field, where it had been abandoned after its war bond tour. He was able to commandeer the necessary people and parts to put the plane back in shape, and used it as his own personal hack for the rest of his time at Pueblo. Nobody else would fly such an "ancient B-24", but Walsh said, "It still flew like the champion it was!". The plane was scrapped in Nov. 1946.

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Aircraft

  • 41-11636 Wash's Tub, Liberandos

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Liberator bomber first named, Wash's Tub - 41-11636 - was first flown by Martin Walsh and was originally Halpro aircraft, #24, first, in the "Halverson Project' in 1942 in the 9th Air Force. It was later transferred to the 8th Air Force, the...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • Keith Compton

    Military | Lieutenant General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer | 376th Bomb Group
    Keith Karl Compton was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, in the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command. He flew as the Element Lead Aircraft's Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent, the Ploesti Mission...

Missions

  • HALPRO Task Force

    12 June 1942
    The first Army Air Force Combat mission in Europe during the Second World War, saw 13 B-24 Liberators, originally destined for China, bomb oil refineries in Ploesti, Roumania. While the raid had little impact, it proved the concept that Heavy bombers...

  • 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...

Places

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Ploesti Survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flown by the James Bock crew on the August 1, 1943 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania.

War Bonds Tour United States September 1943

Aircraft was returned to the U.S. in September 1943 for a War Bond tour and was then used for a training aircraft.

Scrapped 19 November 1946

Scrapped at Spokane, WA. Nov. 19, 1946.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

514th BS, 376th BG, 8th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 12:40:19 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 11:15:39 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Wording for clarity and accuracy - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 11:13:04 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best web - B-24 - WASH'S TUB

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03 August 2021 11:09:06 Kickapoo Changes to markings and mission associations
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Punctuation - wording to eliminate duplication - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 11:06:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm
Info Contributors - Tom Brittan - Al Blue - Martin Walsh, the original HALPRO pilot.

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 11:05:03 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and place associations
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Punctuation changes for clarity - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2021 10:58:32 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm - # 41-11636

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2021 15:57:02 Emily Changes to nicknames
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Reformatted aircraft nickname to remove unnecessary punctuation and quotation marks and removed nose numbers wrongly described as nicknames.

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:43:37 Kickapoo Changes to description
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub4.htm - Stephan Adams - James A Leddy - Tom Brittan - Al Blue

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:35:20 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub4.htm - Stephan Adams - James A Leddy - Tom Brittan - Al Blue

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:28:09 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and markings
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B-24D - 'WASH'S TUB' - 'LIBERANDOS' - '24 - '67 - '636' - '63' - SN # 41-11636

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:11:01 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2021 22:43:54 Kickapoo Changes to markings, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
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www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2021 21:59:49 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Tom Brittan - Al Blue - Martin Walsh - www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 13:58:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com

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