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41-11896

B-24 Liberator

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot 1st Lt Julian M Bleyer, returning safely to Libya. Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, pilot Herman E Stephens - 7 KIA / 3 POW MACR 463

Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Donovan Astle

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Crew member B-24 #41-11896 'Nightmare' shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA MACR 463.

  • Julian Bleyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot B-24 #41-11896 flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

  • Valex Colon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member, shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA. MACR 463.

  • Yves Gouin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 #41-11896 'Nightmare' shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA. MACR 463.

  • George Nekos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11896 'Nightmare', shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA. MACR 463.

  • Robert Patrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11896 'Nightmare', shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA. MACR 463.

  • Francis Roubique

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator #41-11896 'Nightmare' shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, KIA. MACR 463.

  • Tom Samo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 #41-11896 'Nightmare', shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, POW. MACR 463.

  • Herman Stephens

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, POW. MACR 463.

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

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot 1st Lt Julian M Bleyer, returning safely to Libya.

Failed To Return FTR 67039 Sulmona AQ, Italy 3 September 1943

Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, pilot Herman E Stephens - 7 KIA / 3 POW MACR 463

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:54:29 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_9.html

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 15:14:20 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 463

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