The flight crew poses in front of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger - in the 415th Bomb Squadron - the 98th Bomb Group - and the 9th Air Force. Flown by Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata, and CoPilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, and Bombardier Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, on, the B-24D, Stinger, launched from Benghazi, Libya, on the Ploesti mission and successfully returned with only 1 crew member, Gunner SSgt, John Gormey, wounded. WIA. Aug 1, 1943.
B-24D - Stinger - 41-11817. - Crew - Named by Maj. LaLonde and Detached to the 98th BG for the Ploesti mission. 1943
Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He was assigned as the bombardier on the B-24 41-11817, 'Stinger', and participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the Ploesti oil refineries, returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. 1-Aug-43.
Awards: Air Medal - Distinguished Flying Cross - WWII Victory Medal - European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Military | Major | B-24D Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
Major Howard J. LaLonde was originally assigned and deployed to the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in Hethel, Britain. He was, then, detached and deployed (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, at Benghazi...
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...
Units served with
The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942.
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...
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...
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...
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.
||1 August 1943
Bombardier of B-24 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.