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42-40706

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator 42-40706 'Tondelao' 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Cecil J Whitener, returning safely to Libya.

22nd Dec 43 target Osnabruck, Germany, pilot Paul Lambert, A/C lost to enemy AA near Mettingen, Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW. MACR 2047.

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

  • Charlie Burke

    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 42-40706.

  • Dominick D'Adamo

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40706.

  • Charles Howard

    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 42-40706.

  • Charles Iltis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 #4240706. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vieth Kavalawski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 #4240706. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Lambert

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 #4240706. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Laubach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 #4240706. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Lawson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40706.

  • Wayne Marley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40706.

  • James Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40706. ...

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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...

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Cecil J Whitener, returning safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Osnabrück, Germany 22 December 1943

22nd Dec 43 target Osnabruck, Germany, pilot Paul Lambert, A/C lost to enemy AA near Mettingen, Germany, 1 KIA, 9 POW. MACR 2047.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2019 15:06:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 18:16:26 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://home.comcast.net / http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://usaafdata.com / MACR 2047.

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 14:12:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description and events
Sources

http://home.comcast.net / http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / http://usaafdata.com / MACR 2047.

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

MACR 2047 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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