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41-23782

B-24 Liberator

Failed To Return - A/C shot down during 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. Hit by flak in #2 and #3 engine, it struck a chimney of Astra, then had a force landing, South-East of Ploiesti near Trestieni village. 10 POW. MACR 177.
'Boiler Maker II' was recovered / repaired and flown by the Romanian air force and eventually strafed and set on fire by German Bf 109G's when Romania changed sides later in the conflict. 26th August, 1944.

Service

Units

People

  • Theodore Helin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down during Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in 'Boiler Maker II' #4123782 as part of Operation Tidal Wave.

  • Maynard Hubbard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down during Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in 'Boiler Maker II' #4123782 as part of Operation Tidal Wave, cross-trained himself as a navigator. After POW release became a pilot and was KIA flying an SA-16 rescue mission during Korean...

  • Harry Opp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down during Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in 'Boiler Maker II' #4123782 as part of Operation Tidal Wave.

  • Charles Smith

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down during Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in 'Boilmaker II' #4123782-E as part of Operation Tidal Wave. Flew under the 9thAF for this raid only

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...

Events

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

Failed To Return - A/C shot down during 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. Hit by flak in #2 and #3 engine, it struck a chimney of Astra, then had a force landing, South-East of Ploiesti near Trestieni village. 10 POW. MACR 177.

Destroyed Ghimbav 507075, Romania 26 August 1944

'Boiler Maker II' was recovered / repaired and flown by the Romanian air force and eventually strafed and set on fire by German Bf 109G's when Romania changed sides later in the conflict. 26th August, 1944.

Assigned

415th BS 98th BG 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2015 14:01:27 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.findagrave.com / MACR 177 / http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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