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41-24026

B-24 Liberator

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Francis E Weisler, aborting before the target.
21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling rards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the cockpit trying to level the plane, now in a spin, so the rest of the crew could bail out. Lt Minnich waved us all out with his right arm as he leveled the plane for a few moments. Only 3 survived the bail out. 8 KIA 3 POW. MACR 377.

Service

Units

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb 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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • Donald Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member on B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in...

  • Marion Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot
    Co Pilot on B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Edward Fracasso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Charles Franck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Ancil Holman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Kenneth Minnich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot on B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Lloyd Petersen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Crew member on B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in...

  • Thomas Varner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the...

  • Francis Weisler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby', flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, aborting before target.

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Francis E Weisler, aborting before the target.

Failed To Return FTR Cancello CR, Italy 21 August 1943

21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling rards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the cockpit trying to level the plane, now in a spin, so the rest of the crew could bail out. Lt Minnich waved us all out with his right arm as he leveled the plane for a few moments. Only 3 survived the bail out. 8 KIA 3 POW. MACR 377.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 12:01:12 Lucy May Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added connections to units as given here: http://www.b24bestweb.com/baby-v3-1.htm

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 10:04:07 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://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 377 / http://www.b24bestweb.com /http://www.freewebs.com

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