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41-24153

B-24 Liberator

Failed to Return - Ploesti raid 1st Aug 43, pilot 1st Lt Henry A Lasco Jr. A/C lost as a result of AA, small arms fire and enemy fighters and belly landed with 5 crew members killed. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas Wood, was killed by ground fire before the crash. 5 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2414.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles DeCrevel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down while on Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 on TDY with 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #4124153

  • Joseph Kill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania. Shot down on 8/1/43 on Ploesti raid on TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' # 4124153.

  • Henry Lasco

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    POW in Romania. Shot down on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #41-24153. Transferred from 66th BS 23-Sep-44 or 30-Sep-44.

  • Leonard Raspotnik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). 8/1/43 Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 41-24153

  • Dale Scriven

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #4124153

  • Albert Shaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while on Ploesti raid on TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #4124153

  • Joseph Spivey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #4124153

  • Harry Stenborn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' DFC, AM, PH

  • Thomas Wood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' #4124153

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti raid 1st Aug 43, pilot 1st Lt Henry A Lasco Jr. A/C lost as a result of AA, small arms fire and enemy fighters and belly landed with 5 crew members killed. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas Wood, was killed by ground fire before the crash. 5 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2414.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 09:32:54 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 09:30:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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