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The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, in the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, launches from Benghazi, Libya on the mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Stinger, successfully returned from the mission with only 1 crew member, John Gormey, WIA. Aug 1, 1943



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...


  • 41-11817 Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown by Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, out of Benghazi, Libya, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission. They returned safely to Libya with only one crew...

  • 42-40776 Old Blister Butt - Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, H, Old Blister Butt, was originally deployed to Hethel, U.K. as part of the 8th AF, the 389th BG, and the 564th BS. It was redeployed (TDY) with the 8th Air Force, to Benghazi, Libya, and flew on the bombing mission to...


  • 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...


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