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B-24 Liberator

Failed To Return - This aircraft was lost on the low-level Ploesti mission 1 Aug 43. It made a forced landing near the border of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia following a running fight with enemy fighters. Six of the crew became POWs in Bulgaria, the other four evaded and joined with Yugoslav partisans for almost a year. MACR 173.

Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Lloyd Brisbi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Bulgaria. Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Julian Darlington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Daryl Epp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Major Gillette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD). Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Walter Hardiek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Ned Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Bulgaria Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Dale Hulsey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840 He linked up with Tito's partisans and continued to fight on the ground for 319 days until he was rescued by the OSS.

  • Joseph Quigley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Anthony Rauba

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

  • Joseph Turley

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'The Witch' #4111840

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 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

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Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return FTR Bulgaria / Yugoslavia 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - This aircraft was lost on the low-level Ploesti mission 1 Aug 43. It made a forced landing near the border of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia following a running fight with enemy fighters. Six of the crew became POWs in Bulgaria, the other four evaded and joined with Yugoslav partisans for almost a year. MACR 173.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:49:04 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames and place associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_18.html

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 12:11:33 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 173

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