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41-23810

B-24 Liberator

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.
Lost on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. 6 KIA 4 POW. MACR 8342

Statement from T/Sgt Thomas J. Adams:
"Our plane crashed because the control cables had been shot in two by anti-aircraft fire. Of course the plane went down in a spin, and there was not much time to get out, therefore we that were in good condition could not aid those that had been wounded and could not help themselves. The aircraft crashed 2 km southwest of Suderschmedeby, south of Flensburg, Germany.

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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Charles Gordoni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Radio Operator B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 1944 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Earl Hurd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew as pilot of B-24D #41-23810 'Tarfu', on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. April 16, 1943 co piloted for Capt Packer. Crash landed battle damaged B-24 #41-23874, 'The Yard Bird' with all but one crew member surviving.

  • John Larsen

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Eldred McElrath

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Co pilot of B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Cornelius Pas

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Frank Perkins

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Allen Rabinovitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Navigator of B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Andrew Reynolds

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

  • Rex Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Bombardier of B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Later flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of...

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

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

Failed to Return (FTR) Flensburg, Germany 4 January 1944

Lost on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. 6 KIA 4 POW. MACR 8342

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 19:00:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 8342

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

MACR 8342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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