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42-40776

B-24 Liberator

B-24D Liberator #42-40776 'H' 'Old Blister Butt' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Robert L Wright, returning safely to Libya.
Originally - 328th BS (N), 93rd BG.
Transferred - 564th BS (YO H), 389th BG .
Transferred - 566th BS (RR K+), 389th BG.
Name changed to 'Widow' (B-24DSA-95 CO) 406th BS, 801st(P) BG / 858th BS, 492nd BG, 8th AF for "Carpetbagger" missions.
Salvaged war-weary 29 May 45 at Langford Lodge, North Ireland.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 406th Bomb Squadron
  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

  • 858th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    12 July 1943 TDY to 9th AF, B24 42-40697 was hit by flak before target at Reggio Marshalling Yards. Diverted to recently captured area of Sicily crash landing NW of Pachino. Canadian unit transported them to a friendly base. Crew originally reported...

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

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Robert L Wright, returning safely to Libya.

Assigned Alconbury AAF 102

328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Assigned

566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF.

Assigned North Pickenham, AAF 143

Name changed to 'Widow' (B-24DSA-95 CO) 406th BS, 801st(P) BG / 858th BS, 492nd BG, 8th AF for "Carpetbagger" missions.

Salvaged RAF Langford Lodge, Northern Ireland

Salvaged war-weary 29 May 45 at Langford Lodge, North Ireland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 18:09:22 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://home.comcast.net / http://www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 18:45:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events and media associations
Sources

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