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41-23722

B-24 Liberator

B-24D serial 41-23722 'Bomerang' (coded GO-C) of the 328th BS, 93rd BG. Survivor of the first raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya. First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown back to the States by Walt Stewart for a War Bond tour.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bailey

    Military | Captain | 93rd Bomb Group
    Date of first mission 9 October 1942 (first mission of 93rd BG); total missions - 25 DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alfred Bergkamp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    B-24 41-27322 'Boomerangs' original crew chief, later became flight engineer.

  • Maurice Cotter

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Joe Cuellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    flew on famous Ploesti mission of 1 Aug 43

  • Gerald Cunningham

    Military | Captain | 384th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Daly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Daly was killed in his turret. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • George Everhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group

  • George Ewald

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Herbert Hape

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

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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
Ploesti Survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Survivor of the 1st Aug 43 raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya.

War Bond Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Miami International Airport (MIA), 4200 Northwest 36th Street, Miami, FL 33166, USA 17 April 1944

First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown back to the States by Walt Stewart for a War Bond tour.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:40:41 JohnMelson Changes to media associations
Sources

This signed photo was given to James Edward Melson, Sr. who was the plant manager at Rockwell-Marlin Bearing Company in Plainville, Connecticut. My father, Robert Melson, has it now.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:27:17 JohnMelson Changes to media associations
Sources

This was given to James Edward Melons, Sr. who was the plant manager at Rockwell-Marlin Bearing Company in Plainville, Connecticut. My father, Robert Melson, has it now.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 15:16:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://warbirdinformationexchange.org

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