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John Madison Oaks

Military

Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA.

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

Service

People

  • Andrew Opsata

    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
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    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...

Aircraft

  • 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...

Missions

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Monmouth, IL 9 May 1915

Son of John Henderson and Katherine [Whelan] Oaks

Enlisted Chicago, IL 28 April 1941

Chicago, Illinois

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1944

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

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Crew member of B-24 Liberator #4111817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.

Died Davenport, IA October 1980
Buried Warren County Memorial Park Monmouth, Warren County, IL October 1980

Warren County Memorial Park
Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 15:01:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/655559250
https://www.fold3.com/record/89427934/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149401733/john-m.-oaks

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 19:46:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2015 18:56:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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USAAF Photo.

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