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42-40738

B-24 Liberator

The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo, Oklahoma, .

'The Oklahoman' flew on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid piloted by Lt. Thomas C. Conroy. He diverted to Malta due to damage and fuel shortage. SSgt. Lowell Vick, was the Engineer and Top Turret Gunner.

After returning to Britain, the 389th Bomb Group set out on a bombing mission to Cognac, France. Flying 'The Oklahoman' on that day, was Pilot, Lt. Harley Mason, his Copilot, Thomas Baum, and their crew, who normally flew in the B-24, 'Fightin' Sam' - #42-40506. Poor weather forced the group to return home instead. Over Nantes, the aircraft was hit a direct burst of flak and exploded. One B-24 released bombs on the flak position. Lt. Eldon N. Colby, Co-Pilot, was flying next to 'The Oklahoman' on his first mission as a command pilot, in the 'Touch Of Texas' - #42-40751. Pieces of 'The Oklahoman', hit his and several other aircraft. 'The Oklahoman' crashed at Painbosuf, France. The pilot, Lt. Harley Mason, was the sole survivor of the lost B-24, 'THE OKLAHOMAN', from the 566th Bomb Squadron. Mason survived and became a POW. Dec 5, 1943. - 9 KIA / 1 POW. - MACR 2351.

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

  • Rudolph Anchondo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Baum

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40722, Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738, "The Oklahoman." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Conroy

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Assistant Bomber Controller | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. SS/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PUC

  • Doyle Kirkland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Lesnak

    Military | Master Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Martin

    Military | Captain | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40623.

  • Martin Marzolf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harley Mason

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
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  • Robert McNair

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40738. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Nolan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40623. Shot down 5 December 1943 in B-24 42-40738 'Fightin' Sam'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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 raid piloted by Thomas C Conroy, diverting to Malta due to damage and fuel shortage.

Failed to Return (FTR) Saint-Nazaire, France 5 December 1943

5th Dec 43 the 389th BG set out against Cognac, France. Poor weather forced the group to return home with their bombs. Over Nantes, A/C was hit a direct burst of flak and exploded. Crashed at Painbosuf, France. One man, Lt. Harley Mason of the 566th BS, survived and became a POW. 9 KIA / 1 POW. MACR 2351. One B-24 released bombs on flak gun location in retaliation.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:55:51 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:54:41 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:40:28 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40738'

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:38:45 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40738'

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2021 07:36:19 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40738'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 08:36:38 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40738'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 08:19:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:57:43 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:51:54 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:49:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:48:09 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:41:59 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Oklahoman'

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2021 00:29:12 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40738'

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 16:04:45 aquarya Changes to description and events
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MACR 2351

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 15:58:26 aquarya Changes to description and events
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389 Bomb Group Mission Record - 5 December 1943 - Box 1928
389 Bomb Group Mission Record - 5 December 1943 - Box 1892
MACR 2351

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2019 13:10:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 18:13:23 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and mission associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2351 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2015 18:30:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description and events
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2351 / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://www.freewebs.com

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

MACR 2351 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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