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Charles W Bley

Military

Pilot B-24 Liberator #42-40203 'Tobias the Terrible' 515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.
Captain Bley lost his life with the 331st Combat Control Team. Killed in the crash of B-24E #42-7066, 25 miles northeast of Casper, Wyoming. Seven other servicemen also perished. 3rd Mar 44.

Service

Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

Aircraft

  • 42-40203 'Tobias the Terrible'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40203 'Tobias the Terrible' 515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt Charles W Bley, returned safely to Libya. ...

  • 42-7066

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed, approximately twenty-five miles northeast of the Casper Army Air Base, Wyoming, during a training flight on 2 March 1944. ...

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 Berkeley, CA, USA 1918

Berkeley, Alameda County
California, USA.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.

Died Casper, WY, USA 2 March 1944

Killed in the crash of B-24E #42-7066, 25 miles northeast of Casper, Wyoming. Seven other servicemen also perished. 3rd Mar 44.

Lived in Casper, WY, USA

Casper, Wyoming, USA.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

Buried San Francisco National Cemetery, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 1 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA

San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 16:16:29 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank
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Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 16:15:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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