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41-24298

B-24 Liberator

TDY to 9th AF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Sicily. Later shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. 7 KIA / 4 MIA. MACR 2189.

"The plane dropped out of formation briefly and was attempting to rejoin the group when it was attacked by German Me 109 fighters. The #2 engine was set on fire and the plane went into a cloud in a flat spin and one of the wings may have been gone at that point. The other planes in the formation could not tell 100% the events due to poor visibility and weather conditions."

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...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bowman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Passenger/Observer on B-24 #41-24298 'Queenie', shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. KIA. MACR 2198.

  • Llewellyn Brown

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43 as pilot B-24 #41-24298 'Queenie', diverting safely to Sicily. 15 January 1943 pilot of B-24 #41-23724 'Flying Cock' hit by flak, crash landed at Benghazi, Libya, with major damage due to flak.

  • Frederick Fox

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Radio Operator B-24 #41-24298 'Queenie', shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. KIA. MACR 2198. PH

  • Ralph Gewehr

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 #41-24298 'Queenie', shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. KIA. MACR 2198. AM / PH

  • James Hoover

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on 01/11/1941. Received his commission as pilot officer at Hagersville, Ontario, 09/10/1942. Hoover arrived at the port of embarkation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27/10/1942 and departed for England. On 05...

  • Charles Huffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24298) nicknamed "Queenie". Later went with Deputy Chief of Staff/Intelligence Hq USAF (Europe)

  • John Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24298) nicknamed "Queenie".

  • George Jeffrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member, detached to 93rd BG, in 'Hitler's Nightmare' B24 #41-23774 suffered runway accident at Hardwick, 20 Aug 43. ...

  • Harry Kelleher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24298) nicknamed "Queenie".

  • Michael Kennedy

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24215. ...

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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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Sicily.

Failed to Return (FTR) Amrum, Germany 13 November 1943

Shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13th Nov 43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. 7 KIA / 4 MIA. MACR 2189.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY to 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 12:28:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2189 / http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2189 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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