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B-24 Liberator #42-40787 'Vagabond King' 565th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF and crew, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by John B McCormick, diverting safely to Cypress.



  • 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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40787 "Vagabond King"

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #42-40787 "Vagabond King" was in the 565th Bombing Squadron, the 389th Bombing Group, the 8th Air Force. It flew on 1st Aug, 1943 on Operation Tidal Wave, to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, piloted by John B McCormick....


  • VIII Bomber Command 132

    18 November 1943
    The German airfield of Oslo/Kjeller, Norway is the target for a force of 102 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division that included: 44BG (34); 93BG (20); 389BG (26); and 392BG (22). 82 aircraft are effective on the target. 9 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 61KIA...


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 23:04:24 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 23:01:27 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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