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James Burlyn Hale

Military

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Zelwood Gravlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

  • Lawrence Hadcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 42-40655 'Four Eyes' 'Damfino'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed To Return - 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA MACR 174

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Vinita, OK 29 July 1912

Son of Porter Emmons and Myrtle Louetta [Rafferty] Hale.

Lived in Oklahoma, USA 1942
Enlisted Fort Sill, OK 5 March 1942

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174

Buried Fairview Cemetery Vinita, Craig County, OK 1948

Fairview Cemetery
Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 May 2021 16:17:31 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30377910/james-burlyn-hale

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2021 04:19:29 fesnock1 Changes to media associations
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Photo taken in 1942.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2021 17:55:05 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/612249409
https://www.fold3.com/record/90244816/james-b-hale-wwii-army-enlistment-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30377910/james-burlyn-hale

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2015 10:29:10 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2015 10:26:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.findagrave.com

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