B-24 Liberators from the 512th Bomb Squadron, 376th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force at an airfield in Bengasi, Libya prior to the low level mission to Ploesti, Rumania on August 1,1943. The nearest aircraft is "Brewery Wagon", then "Desert Lily" and "Wongo Wongo!"
Shot down by a Bf 109G-6 near Wiemath, Austria on Nov 2, 1943. 8 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 1099
2nd Lt. Harold L. Shick - Pilot (KIA), 2nd Lt. Donald D. Brewer - CoPilot (KIA)
2nd Lt. Carl Simon - Navigator (KIA), 2nd Lt. William W. King - Bombardier (POW)
T/Sgt. William J. Dascalkis - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner (KIA), S/Sgt. Theodore E. Bencivanni - Radio Operator (KIA)
S/Sgt. Bryan Vaughn - Gunner (POW), S/Sgt. Roy L. VanCleave - Gunner (KIA)
S/Sgt. Leonard N. Gish - Tail Gunner (KIA), S/Sgt. John D. Rundle - Gunner (KIA)
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
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...
||2811 Wiesmath, Austria
||2 November 1943
Shot down by a Bf 109G-6 near Wiemath, Austria on November 2, 1943. 8 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 1099