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42-40612

B-24 Liberator

Took direct hit from AA prior to target igniting Tokyo tanks. A/C was seen attempting to climb to 300 Ft then broke in mid air before crashing in flames over a school at Plopu. Three of the crew were taken POW. Bombardier bailed out but parachute failed to open. Its believed that 2 gunners also jumped with failing chutes. 8 KIA 3 POW.

1Lt Enoch M Porter, Jr KIA, 1Lt Howard Dickson KIA
Fl. Of. Joe E. Boswell KIA, 1Lt Jesse D "Red" Franks, Jr KIA
2Lt John F Minogue KIA, T/Sgt Frank C Ferrel KIA
TSgt Bernard R Lucas KIA, SSgt Earl L. Frost KIA

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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joe Boswell

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612.

  • Howard Dickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Observer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. ...

  • Frank Ferrel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Jesse Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Earl Frost

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Bernard Lucas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • John Minogue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer; Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612 DFC/ PH

  • Enoch Porter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Charles Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612.

  • James Vest

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Eurocyldon' #42-40612.

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Plopu 107405, Romania 1 August 1943

Took direct hit from AA prior to target igniting Tokyo tanks. A/C was seen attempting to climb to 300 Ft then broke in mid air before crashing in flames over a school at Plopu. Three of the crew were taken POW. Bombardier bailed out but parachute failed to open. Its believed that 2 gunners also jumped with failing chutes. 8 KIA 3 POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 19:25:14 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
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Added finish per image.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 19:11:57 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:31:41 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:25:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:23:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 332 / MACR 6465 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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