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B-24 Liberator

Capt. Wallace C. Taylor - pilot (POW), F/O Paul Tucker - copilot (KIA)
1st Lt. J.K. Wood - navigator (KIA), 1st Lt. R.K. Austin - bombardier (KIA)
T/Sgt. G.H. Rabb - engineer/top turret gunner (KIA), S/Sgt. Ralph H. Robbins - gunner (KIA)
T/Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon - left waist gun(KIA), S/Sgt. Louis Keiser - right waist gun(KIA)
S/Sgt. Arthur B. VanKleek - tunnel gun(KIA), S/Sgt. Donald R. Duchene - tail gun(KIA)



  • 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...


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

Lost on the low-level Ploesti, Rumania mission on August 1, 1943. 9 KIA and 1 POW. MACR 166


344th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 14:38:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 14:34:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations