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42-40322

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, Cornhusker, in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 415th Bomb Squadron, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission destroy the German held oil refineries at Ploesti Romania. It was shot down over the Ionian Sea by Bf-109G fighters from JG 27/IV while returning from the low level Ploesti mission. All 10 crew members were KIA. August 1, 1943. MACR 178

Ploesti Mission Crewmen :
2nd Lt. Ned McCarty - pilot - KIA)
2nd Lt. Clyde E. Miller - copilot - KIA
2nd Lt. Joseph F. Moore - navigator KIA 1st Lt. Robert J. Price - bombardier KIA
T/Sgt. Claude C. Roberts - engineer/top turret KIA T/Sgt. Dewey O. Jackson - radio operator KIA
S/Sgt. Glenn D. Darr - gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Clayton E. Ballard - gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Stephen Wargo - gunner KIA S/Sgt. Glenn L. Koontz - gunner KIA

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...

People

  • Clyde Miller

    Military | 392nd Bomb Group
    MOS 747 = Airplane and Engine Mechanic

  • Joseph Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Forced to ditch in the North Sea on a mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30029 'Chap's Flying Circus. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Places

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return FTR Ionian Sea 1 August 1943

Shot down over the Ionian Sea by Bf-109G's from JG 27/IV while returning from the August 1, 43 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania. All 10 crew members were KIA. MACR 178

Assigned

415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 08:30:15 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Crew additions. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 08:14:10 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Name spacing - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 08:12:09 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Wording changes and added information. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 08:08:11 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and events
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40322 - Cornhusker

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2021 16:34:30 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40322 - Cornhusker

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2021 16:27:14 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40322 - Cornhusker

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2021 15:57:45 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40322 - Cornhusker

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 05:04:21 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 'CORNHUSKER'

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 04:59:46 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 'CORNHUSKER'

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 04:40:28 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - 'CORNHUSKER'

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 04:39:05 Kickapoo Changes to description and unit associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 'CORNHUSKER'

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:50:08 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames and place associations
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http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_18.html

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 23:49:44 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

USAAF Photo / MACR 178

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