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42-40619

B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24D-80-CO Liberator Bomber 'N+' 42-40619 of the 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF.

Participated in the 1st Aug 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission, returning safely to Libya. Lost on 24th Feb 44 mission to bomb aircraft factories in Gotha, Germany. 3 KIA, 7 POW. MACR 2938.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

People

  • Arthur Bockelman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by rocket fire from fighters and crashed near Langenfield, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40619. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lloyd Brimmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by rocket fire from fighters and crashed near Langenfield, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40619. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Brooks

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Led 17 B-24s on the low level attack at Ploesti whilst with the 389th Bomb Group. ...

  • Freelin Carlton

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by rocket fire from fighters and crashed near Langenfield, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40619. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Anton DeCoito

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40619.

  • Carmen Empkie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40619.

  • George Fulton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40619.

  • Brendon Healy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier; Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40619.

  • Richard Herman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down by rocket fire from fighters and crashed near Langenfield, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40619. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Burnett Jennings

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40619.

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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...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew in the 1st Aug 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 February 1944

Lost on 24th Feb 44 mission to bomb aircraft factories in Gotha, Germany. 3 KIA, 7 POW. MACR 2938.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 13:28:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 19:45:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2938 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.freewebs.com

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

MACR 2938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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