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42-40246

B-24 Liberator

Flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya. Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43, pilot Lt Frank Kilcheski, two crew KIFA. Salvaged on Oct 10, 1943.

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. ...

  • 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

  • Bowles

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Accident in landing 30 October 1943 in B24#42-40246 'Thundermug'

  • Aloysius Cunningham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Leonard Dougal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Thomas Jackson

    Military | Captain | Maintenance | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Donald Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Co Pilot of Liberator B-24D 42-40246 'Thunder Mug', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, safely returning to Libya. Stood in for Lt. Hubert R. Tardif who had contracted dysentery.

  • Frank Kilcheski

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #4240128 'War Baby. ' Plane crashed in Sweden. Interned. Earlier accident in landing 30 October 1943 in 'Pregnant Portia' B24#42-40246 'Thundermug'.

  • Russell Longnecker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • Charles Mauldin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in recalled mission. Accident in landing 30 October 1943 in 'Pregnant Portia' B24#42-40246 'Thundermug' PH

  • Odin Olsen

    Military | Flying Officer | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

  • J Pinson

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40246.

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

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya.

Crashed Bedford, Bedford, UK 30 October 1943

Landing accident Nr Bedford due to mechanical / material failure 30th Oct 43, pilot Lt Frank Kilcheski, two crew KIFA.

Written Off 10 November 1943

Salvaged on Nov 10, 1943.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 16:47:14 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 16:44:36 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.aviationarchaeology.com / AAM Database / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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