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41-11768

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator, 41-11768, named, Kickapoo, was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane was 2nd Lt. Young's second regularly assigned aircraft flying out of Berca and Lete Airfields at Benghazi, Libya in the Mediterranean theater of World War II in 1943 after his first B-24 was shot down by German fighters earlier in an air fight off the coast of Malta. Later, in August of 1943, for Operation Tidal Wave, against the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, Lt. Young and most of his regular crew from the Kickapoo were reassigned, just before the mission, by Col. John R. Kane, who wanted them to fly with him as his crew and copilot in the 98th Bomb Group's lead ship, the B-24D, Hail Columbia, renamed by Kane for his alma mater, Columbia University. Young's regular airplane, Kickapoo, was reassigned to another of the 344th Bombing Squadron's pilots, his friend, 1st Lt. Robert Nespor, also from the 98th Bomb Group, and Lt. John C. Riley, Nespor's replacement co-pilot, assigned from the 93rd Bomb Group, with a replacement crew, also from the 93rd Bomb Group, for the Ploesti mission.

But, on the morning of the mission, fate dealt Lt. Nespor, Lt. Riley, and their crew, a very bad hand when Kickapoo's number 4 engine failed and caught fire just after getting airborne. Lt. Nespor and Copilot, John Riley, crashed and were killed while desperately and heroically trying to save their valuable ship, instead of bailing out or ditching it into the Mediterranean Sea.

After jettisoning all of his bombs over the sea, Lt. Nespor requested being guided back to the field for an emergency landing, but was forced to abort and circle around due to conflicting aircraft still taking off at Lete. With Kickapoo's right wing now on fire, he made a second approach to the field from the West. While doing so, he began losing power from his remaining three engines. On fire, with failing engines, and sinking on short final approach, Kickapoo landed hard, bounced, drifted off the centerline to the left, and a wing tip clipped a concrete pole next to the runway, cartwheeling the plane into the ground where it exploded in flames, killing Lt. Nespor, his co-pilot, Lt. John Riley, and all but two of the rest of the crew, Lt. Russell W. Polivka, the navigator, and SSgt. Eugene R. Garner, gunner. Both men survived the crash despite severe burns and eventually returned to service. (RTS)

Lt. John Young named his plane, Kickapoo, after the magical health drink, "Kickapoo Joy Juice" in Al Capp's cartoon, "Lil Abner". Col. John Kane, Lt. John Young, Lt. Harry Korger, and Lt. Norman Whalen, and all the men in Kane's plane, Hail Columbia, survived the Ploesti mission without major injury in spite of over 150 flak holes in the aircraft. Kickapoo was destroyed, and all but two of it's crew were killed in a flaming crash just after take-off for the Ploesti mission at Lete Airfield, the morning of August 1, 1943.

~ Kickapoo's Regular Crew in the 98th Bomb Group :

- Lt. John S. Young - Pilot - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti mission
- Lt. Norman M. Whalen - Navigator - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti mission
- Lt. Harold F. Korger - Bombardier - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti mission
- SSgt. Fredrick A. Leard - Waist Gunner - Assigned to Hail Columbia - Ploesti Mission
- SSgt. William Leo - Tail Gunner - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti mission
- Lt. Raymond B. Hubbard - Radio Operator - Reassigned To Hail Columbia for Ploesti
- SSgt. Joseph J. LaBranche - Ball Turret - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti
- TSgt. Harvey Treace - Engineer/Top Turret - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti
- SSgt. Nevill C. Bensen - Waist Gunner - Reassigned to Hail Columbia for Ploesti

Kickapoo's Replacement Crew for Ploesti bombing mission :
1st Lt. Robert J. Nespor - Pilot - 98th BG - Died from burns. KIA
2nd Lt. John C. Riley - Co Pilot - 93rd BG - Died from burns. KIA
2nd Lt. Russell W. Polivka - Navigator - 93rd BG - Recovered from burns - WIA - RTS
T/Sgt. Vaun D. Wenrich - Engineer/Top Turret Gunner from 93rd BG. KIA
T/Sgt. Armand R. Massart - Radio Op - 93rd BG. KIA
S/Sgt. George W. Lawlor - Gunner - 93rd BG. KIA
S/Sgt. Edwin G. Sliwa - Gunner - 93rd BG. KIA
S/Sgt. Eugene R. Garner - Gunner - 93rd BG. WIA - recovered - RTS
S/Sgt. John P. D'Armour - Gunner - 93rd BG. KIA
- Kickapoo crashed after takeoff for Ploesti mission / destroyed. 1 Aug 1943

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
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  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
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People

  • John D'Amour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
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  • Eugene Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member SSgt. Eugene Robert Garner flew on Operation Tidal wave and was one of two survivors of the crash of the B-24D, KICKAPOO, on takeoff for the Ploesti mission. He was assigned as part of a replacement crew for the B-24D, KICKAPOO, from the...

  • Ronald Helder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24D Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder was a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bombing Squadron in WWII. He flew as Co-pilot with his friend, Command Pilot Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, in the B-24D Lt. Helder called, Ole Kickapoo,...

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24D Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Bomb Group Commanding Officer / B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
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  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | B-24 - B-52 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
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  • George Lawlor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
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  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
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  • Armand Massart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
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  • Samuel Neeley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
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Places

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost No 4 engine just after getting airborne, after jettisoning all bombs at sea, 'KICKAPOO' was guided back for an emergency landing. Due to a conflicting aircraft on the runway, 1st Lt Nespor was forced to approach the field from the West. In doing so a wing tip smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames, killing Nespor and all but two of the crew.

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12 October 2021 05:30:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Letter spacing. - Kickapoo

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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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07 September 2021 07:04:26 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Word order, placement changes. - Kickapoo

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Personal Archives - Kickapoo

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17 August 2021 13:05:14 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

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01 August 2021 10:49:51 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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27 April 2021 21:23:42 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Personal Archives - John S Young Jr

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04 January 2021 18:26:57 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and description
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/kickapoo2.htm

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29 December 2020 12:55:23 Kickapoo Changes to description
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personal archives - John S Young Jr

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personal archives - John S Young Jr

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personal archives - John S Young Jr

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Changes to description of events : John S. Young, Jr. -- personal archives

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28 September 2020 08:05:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Changes to description of events : John S. Young, Jr. -- personal archives

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28 September 2020 07:48:48 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Changes to markings ---- John S. Young, Jr. -- personal archives

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07 October 2019 15:59:01 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - An Anatomy Of A disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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08 September 2019 01:34:21 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - An Anatomy Of A disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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08 September 2019 01:31:01 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - An Anatomy Of A disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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08 September 2019 01:26:33 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - An Anatomy Of A disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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07 September 2019 15:33:55 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description, events and aircraft associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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06 September 2019 01:56:03 Kickapoo Changes to media associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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06 September 2019 00:52:52 Kickapoo Changes to media associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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06 September 2019 00:18:13 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- FindAGrave Memorials ---- John S. Young, Jr. personal archives

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07 August 2019 10:16:14 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- FindAGrave Memorials ---- John S. Young, Jr. personal archives

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07 August 2019 09:21:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- FindAGrave Memorials ---- John S. Young, Jr. personal archives

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07 August 2019 08:31:48 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. personal archives ---- FindAGrave Memorials

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01 July 2019 13:39:19 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, description and place associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Together We Served.com ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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01 July 2019 07:10:50 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Together We Served.com ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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04 January 2019 01:42:38 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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25 December 2018 05:08:56 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill personal archives

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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15 November 2018 14:20:16 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill - The Dallas Morning News

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill The Dallas Morning News

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill The Dallas Morning News

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill The Dallas Morning News

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Kickapoo and it's original crew. Capt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas is on the far right.

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Burning Hitler's Black Gold by Robert Sternfels

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Burning Hitler's Black Gold by Robert Sternfels

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Operation Tidal Wave

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Operation Tidal Wave

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Air Force - Together We Served

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" Into the Fire " by Duane Schultz Part III Chap 6 p. 104, 105

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" Into The Fire " by Duane Schultz Part III Chap 6 p. 104

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The Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Co. in Fort Worth, Texas built the B-24D, named "Kickapoo".

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41-11768 B-24D Kickapoo

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41-11768 This photo is the original crew of the Kickapoo. The Kickapoo was named by Capt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas after "Kickapoo Joy Juice" from Al Capp's cartoon, Dogpatch. Capt. Young is on the far right hand side of this photo. He was the tallest man in the 98th Bomb Group at 6'3". Also pictured are Lt. Norman "The Baron" Whalen, his navigator, and Lt. Harold Korger, his bombardier. All three were hand picked by Col. John R. Kane to fly with him in the Hail Columbia for the mission over Ploesti, Rumania. All three men survived the mission and the war, as did Col. Kane.

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41-11768 This photo is the original crew of the Kickapoo. The Kickapoo was named by Capt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas after "Kickapoo Joy Juice" from Al Capp's cartoon, Dogpatch. Capt. Young is on the far right hand side of this photo. He was the tallest man in the 98th Bomb Group at 6'3". Also pictured are Lt. Norman "The Baron" Whalen, his navigator, and Lt. Harold Korger, his bombardier. All three were hand picked by Col. John R. Kane to fly with him in the Hail Columbia for the mission over Ploesti, Rumania. All three men survived the mission and the war, as did Col. Kane.

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 14:11:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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