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41-11825

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft originally served in the 344th BS as 'HAIL COLUMBIA'. It was 344th CO Col. John R. Kane's personal aircraft until Kane became 98th BG CO and turned it over to Herman "Big-Dog" Lewis. Lewis changed the right side nose art to 'LITTLE-CHIEF BIG-DOG' but retained 'HAIL COLUMBIA' on the left side. Following the death of Lewis in another ship, the airplane was transferred to the 343rd BS where the left side art work was changed to 'GRUMPY' in compliance with the Snow White Squadron directive. Wilfred Brann was the crew chief of 'GRUMPY' in the 343rd. 'LITTLE-CHIEF BIG-DOG' had been removed prior to the Rome mission of 19 July 43. Just prior to the low level Ploesti mission, 98th Group CO John R. "Killer" Kane had the airplane returned to the 344th BS where a new form of the original 'HAIL COLUMBIA' nose art quickly replaced 'GRUMPY'. [ Note Ed Reniere 12 December 2017 : According to information in a November 2003 e-mail from Scott Flood, great-nephew of the 41-11825 crew chief, Charles Wilfred Brann, the name 'Grumpy' was chosen for him, "reflecting his personality : a short, stocky man, rather very gruff and grumpy on the outside." Flood also wrote that it was the name 'Hail Columbia' that 'Grumpy' was changed into for the Ploesti mission.] #41-11825 crash landed on the island of Cyprus returning from the Ploesti mission and was abandoned, with the entire crew of the 'Hail Columbia' having survived the mission.

Service

Units

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron


    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot / CO 98th BG
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Forces and later the United States Air Force, who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, in World War II. A native of Texas, Kane...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Harold Korger was a bombardier on the 'Hail Columbia" for the mission over the Rumanian oil refineries at Ploesti with the 98th Bomb Group, 9th AF on Aug 1, 1943. He graduated from Bombardier School at Midland Field in 1942 and was commissioned a...

  • Norman Whalen

    Military | Major | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Norman Whalen he joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa. He normally flew as navigator and nose gunner on the B-24 'Kickapoo', but his crew was...

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
Crashed Cyprus 1 August 1943

A veteran of the low-level Ploesti, Rumania mission on August 1,43 she crashed on the island of Cyprus returning from the mission and was abandoned.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

343rd BS, 98th BG "The Pyramiders", 9th AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania

A veteran of the low-level Ploesti, Rumania mission on August 1,43 she crashed on the island of Cyprus returning from the mission.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2018 10:37:50 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
Sources

U.S. Air Force Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2018 10:35:05 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
Sources

Together We Served - U.S. Air Force Archives

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2018 10:25:36 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
Sources

Together We Served - Operation Tidal wave

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2018 12:28:19 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

b24bestweb.com ~ 'Little Chief Big Dog'

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2018 12:07:04 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

"Operation Tidal Wave"

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2018 12:02:45 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

"Together We served" "Operation Tidal Wave"

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 01:23:14 Kickapoo Changes to manufacturer and person associations
Sources

" Into The Fire " by Duane Cole Part III Chap 6 p. 104

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 14:02:30 ED-BB Changes to production block number and description
Sources

Added details about the name "Grumpy" (source 11 November 2003 e-mail from Scott Flood, great-nephew of 41-11825 crew chief Charles Wilfred Brann)

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 16:46:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 16:20:33 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 16:08:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events and mission associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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