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41-23778

B-24 Liberator

Temporarily attached to 9th AF and flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned to Libya.
Failed to Return - Lost on attack on Foggia airfields whilst on TDY to the 9th AF. Pilot Rocco A Curelli. 9 KIA, 1 POW, A/C shot down by enemy fighters near Ruoti, Italy, Aug. 16, 1943. MACR 2141/3150.

Service

Units

People

  • John Barcus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43 as part of Felber crew, B24 #4123778 'Lady Luck' TDY 9th AF, returned safely to Libya. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart.

  • Rocco Curelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. KIA in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • Deforest Ela

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • Robert Felber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Pilot of B-24 Liberator 41-23778 'Lady Luck' whilst on TDY to 9th AF, on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returned to base in Libya.

  • John Grinde

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • John Hughes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • John Papadopulos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • Walter Rossi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • Raymond Shafer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

  • Victor Turrou

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Attack on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF. Killed in Action (KIA) in #41-23778 'Lady Luck'

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Libya 1 August 1943

Temporary attachment to 9th AF for Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) 85056 Ruoti PZ, Italy 16 August 1943

Failed to Return - Lost on attack on Foggia airfields whilst on TDY to the 9th AF. Pilot Rocco A Curelli. 9 KIA, 1 POW, A/C shot down by enemy fighters near Ruoti, Italy, Aug. 16, 1943. MACR 2141/3150.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 17:03:41 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 16:58:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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

MACR 3150 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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