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B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, "The Scorpion", in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, with it's pilot, Capt. Kenneth M Caldwell, photo front and center with cap, and crew. Capt. Caldwell flew "The Scorpion" on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. Aug 1,1943

Lt. Caldwell was shot down by FW190 fighters near Orleans, France in the B-24D, 42-41013 named, "Trouble". Caldwell and his crew were killed in action (KIA). Jan 7, 1944.

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Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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

People

  • Kenneth Caldwell

    Military | Major | B-24D Co-Pilot - Command Pilot
    Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell from the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti with Col. Jack W. Wood, observing, on 1-Aug-43, flying the B-24D, 42-40629, named, THE...

Aircraft

  • 42-40629 The Scorpion

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, The Scorpion, in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...

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Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 11:31:53 Kickapoo Changes to caption and aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - TROUBLE

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15 August 2021 10:51:44 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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20 December 2020 00:37:00 Kickapoo Changes to collection and caption
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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29 April 2015 15:12:15 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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http://home.comcast.net/~skyscorpions/389_ploesti.htm

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 17:01:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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