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B-24 Liberator

Assigned 328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF, Benghazi. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort.
Shot down on Oct 18, 1943 by Obfw. Robert Roller in a Bf 109G-5 from JG 3/6 over the North Sea, 215 km north of Texel, Netherlands. The entire crew was KIA. MACR 4927

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • George Black

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #4297144 had mechanical failure and landed in Sweden on 6/21/44 INT

  • Clifford Blais

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM/ PH

  • Gregory Bournazos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Idus Coleman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM/ PH

  • James Cowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug 43

  • Mahlon Cressey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43

  • George Foster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Went on 1 Aug 43 raid of Ploesti

  • Reuben Gareau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM/ PH

  • Robert Graff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 18 October 1943 AM/ PH

  • Adam Hastak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

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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 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO-162 BOMBER ESCORT

    18 October 1943
    This mission was composed of two fighter elements. The first element was a force of 33 P-38s from 55FG despatched to accompany bomber formations headed for Duren, Germany. Weather conditions prevented rendevous with the bomber stream and both the...

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, forced to abort.

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 18 October 1943

Shot down on Oct 18, 1943 by Obfw. Robert Roller in a Bf 109G-5 from JG 3/6 over the North Sea, 215 km north of Texel, Netherlands. The entire crew was KIA. MACR 4927

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

328th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 19:33:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 4927

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 4927 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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