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John Harding Gormey


Staff Sergeant James H. Gomey was a gunner on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, which participated in the Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. Sgt. Gomey was hit by flak. WIA. 1st Aug 43

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



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    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, Stinger, and was assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force, detached to (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bombardment Squadron. He flew a total of...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 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...


  • 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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Born Palacios, TX 21 November 1920

Son of John Adam and Nellie Mae [Vineyard] Gormey.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Wounded In Action (WIA) Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Gunner on B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' which participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya. gunner hit by flak WIA.

Died Lubbock, TX 11 October 1952


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14 September 2021 16:31:41 Kickapoo Changes to biography

Added name and rank details. - Kickapoo

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01 January 2021 17:15:03 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

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17 April 2020 19:31:54 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.

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17 April 2020 19:29:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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30 March 2015 17:40:10 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and media associations

USAAF Photo.

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30 March 2015 17:36:39 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

USAAF Photo.

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27 September 2014 18:16:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Dugan & Stewart 'Ploesti'