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41-24230

B-24 Liberator

B-24D Liberator, 41-24230, JoJo's Special Delivery, and crew. Lost on Operation Tidal Wave, shot down over Ionian Sea by enemy fighters. 11 KIA. MACR 329 - 6466.
Pilot Ralph J. Mcbride Jr. joined a 98th Group formation of B-24s on his withdrawal from their targets at Ploesti, Romania. Aircraft was lost and failed to return (FTR) after being intercepted by German fighters West off Cefalonia, Greece, over the Ionian Sea and shot down by Lt. Hans Flor of 11/27 JG. Pilot and crew were presumed drowned, killed in action (FTR). 1 Aug 43. 11 KIA. MACR 329 - 6466.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gerald Burton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Wilbert Clifford

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Carl Domke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24' Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Coy Ellison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. ...

  • James Gill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Actio 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. SS/ DFC/ AM

  • James Huston

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya ' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Harry Jarvis

    Military | Captain | Observer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM/ PH

  • James Key

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Krugel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 ' Here's To Ya' 41-24230. DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Ralph McBride

    Military | Major | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-2430. Killed in Action (KIA) when it was shot down by Greece based Me-109s and crashed in the Ionian Sea. ...

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Ionian Sea 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - A/C pilot Ralph J Mcbride Jr joined a 98th Grp formation on withdrawal from the target [Ploesti, 1/8/43]. A/C was intercepted by fighters of IV/27 JG West off Cefalonia, Greece and presumed downed over Ionian Sea by Lt. Hans Flor of 11/27 JG. 11 KIA. MACR 329/6466.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2021 08:10:19 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Added details for clarity. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2021 07:35:47 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - Here's To Ya - JoJo's Special Delivery

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 10:50:18 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 329

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 11:41:45 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 11:32:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://www.findagrave.com

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

MACR 329 / MACR 6466 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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