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B-24 Liberator

'Little Lady' survived the Ploesti bomb run but was so damaged that it was crash landed just over the border into Turkey. All the crew survived the landing and were amazed that the plane did not explode or catch fire because of all the holes. The said it look like a sieve. Crew were interned in Turkey.



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    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...

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed To Return FTR Turkey

Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, crash landed in Turkey, crew interned.


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 17:34:35 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations

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