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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

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. ...

  • Joseph Clements

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23810.

  • Roy Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23810.

  • Merrill Demas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on the low level Ploesti mission aboard tarfu as a tail gunner, came home with shrapnel in his back from this mission. He was a waist gunner early on then a tail gunner for the remaining missions. ...

  • Thomas Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23810. ...

  • Thomas Gilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23810.

  • Charles Gordoni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Radio Operator B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu'. 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 Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. Killed in Action. MACR 8342

  • 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.

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674. ...

  • John Larsen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-24 42-23810 'Tarfu. ' Target was 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.PH

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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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

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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