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B-24 Liberator

Temporary Duty (TDY) with the 9th Air Force at Benghazi, Libya. Flew on 1 August 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid with 329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF, and returned safely to Libya.

Returned ETO, converted for Carpetbagger duties, re-assigned 858th, 492nd BG, 8th AF.
On 21 November 1944, aircraft crashed on take-off at Harrington, England, resulting in it being Struck Off Charge (SOC).

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron
  • 858th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Brown

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew in Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43. Also served in Vietnam. DCS/ SS/ DFC/ w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Fort Worth, TX, USA 27 July 1942

Consolidated,Fort Worth, Texas, USA, 27 Jul 42.

Delivered Grenier Field Road, Londonderry, NH 03053, USA 31 August 1942

Grenier Field, NH, USA, 31st Aug 42.

Ferried to Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 6 September 1942

Alconbury, England, 6th Sept 42.

Converted Hardwick, Norwich, Norfolk NR15, UK 27 November 1942

Conversion to Moling B-24 - GEE (TR1335) sets and DR compass.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 26 June 1943

329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF. 26 Jun 43.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.

Returned ETO Hardwick, Norwich, Norfolk NR15, UK 24 August 1943

24 Aug 43.

Converted Warton, Warton Aerodrome, Warton, Preston, Lancashire PR4, UK 1 March 1944

Conversion to carpetbagger.

Assigned Harrington, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 28 March 1944

858th BS, 492nd BG, 8th AF, 28 Mar 44.

Crashed Harrington, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK 21 November 1944

Crashed on take-off Harrington, England - SOC

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 15:58:51 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.801492.org

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