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41-24211

B-24 Liberator

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by 1st Lt Walter T Holmes and returned safely to Libya.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gordon Ackley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined 6/19/43. ...

  • Allen Bargmann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 3/16/43. ...

  • Edwin Carlson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic, Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined squad 3 August 1942. ...

  • Donald Fribley

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 4/20/43 from RAF. DS/Bengahzi 6/26/43. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24211. Returned to base 8/26/43. DS/Tunis 9/16/43. Returned to base 10/12/43. Pilot: Holmes.

  • Walter Holmes

    Military | Captain | Pilot; Operations Officer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 4/1/42. ETO/Flight Echelon 10/2/42. WIA 12/6/42 (Abbeyville). DS/Benghazi 6/26/43. Returned to base 8/26/43. Completed tour 8/25/43. ...

  • Thomas Laskowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    B-17E-BO 41-9032 'My Gal Sal', piloted by Ralph H. Stinson, crash-landed along the coast of Greenland 27 June, 1942. All crew were rescued uninjured and plane was salvaged. ...

  • Patrick McAtee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 8/3/42. ...

  • Anthony Piccolo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24211. Prisoner of War (POW). December 16, 1943 crashed on coast on return in B24 41-23788 'Avenger'. Piccolo and 3 others bailed out over Germany.

  • Nick Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Hatch Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24211. ...

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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by 1st Lt Walter T Holmes and returned safely to Libya.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

68th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 12:00:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database

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