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42-40793

B-24 Liberator

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943.

Target - Solingen, Germany, 1-Dec-43, Manston, England
Crash landed at emergency field due to battle damage. MACR 3983.

1Lt. Jack M. Conners, Pilot, KIA, 1Lt. Maurice J. Kercher, Co-Pilot, KIA.
1Lt. Walter E. Mackey, Navigator, KIA, 1Lt. William Toles, KIA, Bombardier, KIA.
TSgt. George Aguayo, KIA, SSgt. Robert K. Bell, KIA.
SSgt. Robert M. Hollowell, KIA, SSgt. Leonard E. Wyrwas, KIA.
SSgt. Richard W. Weaver, KIA.

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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron
  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • George Aguayo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 December 1943 on mission to Solingen, B24#42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land.

  • Robert Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 December 1943 on mission to Solingen, B24#42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land.

  • Stanley Brayovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793.

  • Lloyd Calkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793.

  • Horace Christensen

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793. ...

  • Jack Conners

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Target - Solingen, Germany, 1-Dec-43, Manston, England, crash landed at emergency field due to battle damage. KIA MACR 3983.

  • Joseph Fussi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793.

  • Robert Hollowell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 December 1943 on mission to Solingen, B24#42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land.

  • Maurice Kercher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 December 1943 on mission to Solingen, B24#42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land.

  • Victor Leyva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40793.

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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
Crashed Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 1 December 1943

Target - Solingen, Germany, 1-Dec-43, Manston, England
Crash landed at emergency field due to battle damage. MACR 3983.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 04:52:33 ScottSmith Changes to events and person associations
Sources

SS

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 11:00:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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