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B-24D, Kickapoo, originally assigned to Lt. John S. Young, 9th AF, 98th BG, 344th BS. Kickapoo, crashed and was lost on takeoff for the Ploesti mission. Both replacement pilots, Lt. Robert Nespor of the 98th BG and Lt. John C. Riley of the 93rd BG, and all but two of the replacement crewmen for the Ploesti mission were KIA. - the first casualties of Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania. Aug 1, 1943

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...

Aircraft

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane was...

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Date Contributor Update
12 October 2021 05:46:26 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Info added. - Kickapoo

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15 December 2020 14:56:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image. Associated content should be added to the AIRCRAFT and/or PERSON records.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 09:24:15 Kickapoo Changes to collection, person associations and mission associations
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John S Young Jr - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 13:09:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 16:40:22 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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