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41-11825

B-24 Liberator

Originally named "Hail Columbia" while the personnal aircraft of the 344th BS commanding officer, John R. "Killer" Kane. Renamed to "Little-Chief Big-Dog" when Kane took over as Group CO and the plane got another crew. The plane was transfered to the 343rd BS and renamed again, this time to "Grumpy" to follow the 343rd guidelines that all squadron aircraft were named after Snow White characters. [ 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 was changed into "Grumpy"... ] 41-11825 was flown by Kane on the low-level Ploesti, Rumania mission to bomb the oil refineries. Kane had her re-renamed "Hail Columbia" for the mission. Crashed on the island of Cyprus returning from the mission and was abandoned.

Service

Units

People

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | 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
    Bombed Rumanian oil refineries at Ploesti with the 98th Bomb Group, 9th AF. He graduated from Bombardier School at Midland Field in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. In February 1943 he was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, stationed...

  • 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 ...

  • John Young

    Military | Major | Bomber Pilot | 98th Bomb Group

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
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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