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B-24 Liberator

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. Salvaged after crashing at Hardwick 11th Dec 43 on return from Emden.



  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron


  • Kenneth Dessert

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    after WWII was Col USAF HQ USAF in Europe then Operations officer for Congo Air Lift 1960

  • Jacob Epting

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Jacob Epting is listed as Jake Jr in the US 1940 census and his Father as Jake. NARA’s WWII Enlistment records have him as Jacob. Jacob/Jake Jr graduated from Tupelo High School in 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in early 1941, he trained...

  • James Glenister

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top turret gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    James Glenister flew 30 missions in the 409th Bomb Squadron and also with the Pathfinders of the 329th. Many of those missions were flown with Lieutenant Thomas' crew in aircraft known as "Tupelo Lass". 18 October 1943 accident upon landing at Watton....

  • Dell Kettering

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Dell Kettering was on board B-24 # 41-23740 of the 93rd Bomber Group / 409th Bomber Squadron when it was being ferried from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to England on 25 February 1943. Short of fuel, the pilot, Lt Jacob (Jake) B. Epting, had to crash...

  • Ben Kuroki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 #41-24105, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. Second generation Japanese. Finished war as one of most highly decorated sergeants in WW II. Believed to be only enlisted man to fight in three theaters (Western...


  • 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...


  • 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....


Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

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

Crashed Hardwick, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23, UK 11 December 1943

Salvaged after crashing at Hardwick 11th Dec 43 on return from Emden.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 00:25:34 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