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Harley B Mason

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Lt. Harley Mason was a pilot in the 8th Air force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 566th Bomb Squadron, usually flying the B-24D, named, 'Fightin' Sam' - #42-40506. After the 389th Bomb Group returned to Britain from Benghazi, Libya, the 389th Bomb Group, with Lt. Mason, his copilot, Lt. Thomas Baum, and their crew, set out on a bombing mission to Cognac, France, flying the B-24D, 'The Oklahoman' on that day, with his crew. Poor weather forced the group to return home instead. Over Nantes, the aircraft was hit a direct burst of flak and exploded. One other B-24 released bombs on the flak position. Lt. Eldon N. Colby, normally a copilot, was flying next to 'The Oklahoman' on his first mission as a command pilot, in the 'Touch Of Texas' - #42-40751. When 'The Oklahoman' exploded from the flak hit, pieces of it, hit Lt. Colby's plane and several other aircraft. 'The Oklahoman' crashed at Painbosuf, France. Lt. Mason, was the sole survivor of the lost B-24, 'THE OKLAHOMAN', from the 566th Bomb Squadron. Mason bailed out, survived, and became a POW. Dec 5, 1943. - 9 KIA / 1 POW. - MACR 2351.
Pilot - 1st Lt. Harley B. Mason, POW - Copilot 1st Lt. Thomas Baum, and crew, KIA

Awards : The Distinguished Flying Cross - The Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters - The Purple Heart.

Target Cognac, France
USAAF MACR#: 2351
Date Lost: 5-Dec-1943
Serial Number: 42-40738
Aircraft Model B-24D-90-CO
Aircraft Letter: J-

BIRTH Feb 17, 1920
DEATH Aug 17, 2002 (aged 82)
BURIAL
Meridian Cemetery
Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA Show Map
PLOT C
MEMORIAL ID 40989089

Service

People

  • Rudolph Anchondo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Baum

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40722, Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738, "The Oklahoman." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Doyle Kirkland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Lesnak

    Military | Master Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harley Mason

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
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  • Robert McNair

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 #4240738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Roodman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. ...

  • Victor Scollin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738.

  • Donald Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Technical Sargent Donald E Taylor was a ball turret gunner on the B-24D, SN #42-40738, named, 'The Oklahoman' from the 8th Air Force, and the 389th Bomb Group. ...

  • James Ward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

Aircraft

  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...

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 Fowler, California
Prisoner of War (POW) France 5 December 943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 08:18:20 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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389th Bomb Group Roster - 8th Air Force

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 08:04:00 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:50:16 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 02:32:23 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 02:28:39 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 01:40:46 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40738

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 01:36:33 Kickapoo Changes to highest rank, role, biography and awards
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40738

Date Contributor Update
09 April 2021 01:28:54 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40738

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2019 13:11:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2351 / MACR 2351 & Page 342 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45), 389th BG Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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