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41-11768

B-24 Liberator

B-24 liberator #41-11768 'Kickapoo' of the 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. This was Capt. John S. Young's regular aircraft. He and most of his regular crew were reassigned to fly with Col. John R. Kane on the 'Hail Columbia' for the August 1, '43 low-level Ploesti mission. The 'Kickapoo' was assigned to Lt. Robert Nespor and his crew for the mission. They crashed shortly after take-off after losing No 4 engine just after getting airborne. After jettisoning all bombs at sea, the 'Kickapoo' was guided back for an emergency landing. Due to a conflicting aircraft on the runway, 1st Lt. Nespor was forced to circle and approach the field from the West. In doing so a wing tip smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames, killing all but two of the crew. The photo of the crew standing in front of 41-11768, shows Capt. Young on the far right hand side of this photo and his crew, the original crew of the 'Kickapoo'. The 'Kickapoo' was named by Young after "Kickapoo Joy Juice" from Al Capp's cartoon, "Dogpatch". Capt. Young 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 along with the rest of Young's crew minus his copilot. ~ All the men survived the mission. - Capt. 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 - Fredrick A. Leard - Waist Gunner - Reassigned to 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti Mission - William Leo - Tail Gunner - Reassigned to 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti mission - Raymond B. Hubbard - Radio Operator - Reassigned To 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti mission - Joseph J. LaBranche - TB - Reassigned to 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti mission - Harvey L. Treace - Engineer Top Turret - Reassigned to 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti mission - Nevill C. Bensen - Waist Gunner - Reassigned to 'Hail Columbia' for Ploesti mission ~ 'Hail Columbia' completed mission, crash landed Cyprus. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------- 1st Lt. Robert J. Nespor - Pilot (KIA) 2nd Lt. John C. Riley - Co Pilot (KIA) Detached Service from 93rd BG
2nd Lt. Russell W. Polivka - Navigator (WIA) D.S. from 93rd BG
T/Sgt. Vaun D. Wenrich - Engineer/Top Turret (KIA) D.S. from 93rd BG T/Sgt. Armand R. Massart - Radio Op (KIA) D.S. from 93rd BG
S/Sgt. George W. Lawlor - Gunner (KIA) D.S. from 93rd BG S/Sgt. Edwin G. Sliwa - Gunner (KIA) D.S. from 93rd BG
S/Sgt. Eugene R. Garner - Gunner (WIA) D.S. from 93rd BG S/Sgt. John P. D'Armour - Gunner (KIA) D.S. from 93rd BG. ~ 'Kickapoo' crashed on takeoff for Ploesti mission.

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • John D'Amour

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking...

  • Eugene Garner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Bombed Rumanian oil refineries at Ploesti with the 98th Bomb Group, 9th AF. He graduated from Bombardier School at Midland Field in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. In February 1943 he was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, stationed...

  • George Lawlor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Armand Massart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Russell Polivka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Navigator B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • John Riley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Co Pilot B-24 liberator #41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Edwin Sliwa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

  • Thurman Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back...

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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
Crashed Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 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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15 January 2018 13:43:12 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:42:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:41:21 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:39:47 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:37:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:34:59 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:23:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:16:50 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:15:46 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:14:56 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:13:50 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:13:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:11:46 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 13:10:45 Kickapoo Changes to description
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15 January 2018 12:53:43 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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14 January 2018 01:09:24 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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" Into the Fire " by Duane Schultz Part III Chap 6 p. 104, 105

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14 January 2018 00:59:56 Kickapoo Changes to description
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" Into The Fire " by Duane Schultz Part III Chap 6 p. 104

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13 January 2018 15:02:31 Kickapoo Changes to manufacturer
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The Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Co. in Fort Worth, Texas built the B-24D, named "Kickapoo".

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18 October 2017 23:24:38 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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41-11768 B-24D Kickapoo

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18 October 2017 22:16:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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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 October 2017 22:10:29 Kickapoo Changes to events
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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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