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42-40115

B-24 Liberator

Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Melvin E Neef, MACR 159.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Albert Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Romania in B-24 42-40115 'Boomerang' 1-Aug-43; crash landed Romania. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 159 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clay Ferguson

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115.

  • Harold Godwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomrang' 42-40115

  • Arthur Kensit

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115

  • Carl Larson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115

  • Melvin Neef

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115.

  • Fred Randall

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115

  • James Sedlack

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B24 'Boomerang' 42-40115

  • Charles Wallace

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115

  • Earl Wescott

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Boomerang' 42-40115 Was held 13 months until 31 Aug '44 Air Medal; DFC; Pres. Unit Citation/Purple Heart

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
FTR Failed To Return Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Melvin E Neef, MACR 159.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2019 14:41:07 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 13:01:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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