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B-24 Liberator

Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya. Returned to ETO. Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as their Assembly Ship.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron


  • Hal Bilyeu

    Military | Major | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. 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 Jennison

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Operations Officer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Herman Laubrich

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commander - 785th Bomb Squadron & 784th Bomb Squadron | 466th Bomb Group
    Commander of the 785th Bomb Squadron and the 784th Bomb Squadron of the 466th Bomb Group

  • Fred McConnell

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Roche

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing ...

  • Elmer Romigh

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Pilot - one of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG Also served in Korea and Vietnam

  • Joseph Vance

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Elmer Vires

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 466th Bomb Group


  • 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...


  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya.

Assigned Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK May 1944

Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as the Assembly Ship.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

330th BS, 93rd BG, 8th Af. TDY 9th AF.


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16 April 2015 13:19:20 Al_Skiff Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations

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13 March 2015 09:46:40 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations

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03 November 2014 22:40:21 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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