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42-40994

B-24 Liberator

Crashed on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave.

Dispatched to North Africa in 1943 with the 93rd Bomb Group to take part in Operation Tidal Wave. Part of the crew of B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994) on 1 August 1943. Upon reaching the target area the 93rd Bomb Group turned at the wrong point and headed for Bucharest, the pilot attempted to warn the mission commander but when they failed to respond, he broke formation and led the remainder of the force back to the correct point.

On approach to the target 'Hell's Wench' was hit by flak, the crew jettisoned his bombs as both wings were hit, and the aircraft began leaking fuel, and became engulfed in flames. At almost the same time, the aircraft had to break formation and pull up to avoid mid-air collisions with bombers from the 98th Bomb group, arriving in the target area from the opposite direction.

Despite attempts to gain altitude the aircraft lost speed in the climb, rolled over, crashed, and exploded in flames, killing everyone aboard.

Service

Units

  • 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

  • George Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • Addison Baker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lieutenant Colonel Addison Baker was the Commanding Officer of the 93rd Bomb Group from May 17, 1943, he was killed in Action over Ploesti during Operation Tidal Wave on 1 August, 1943. ...

  • Charles Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • John Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • Edgar Faith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • John Jerstad

    Military | Major | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' ...

  • Alfred Pezzella

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • George Reuter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • Morton Stafford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

  • William Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 1 August 1943 during Operation Tidal wave onboard B-24 Liberator, 'Hell's Wench' (#42-40994). ...

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) Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid 1st Aug 1943. Hit by Flak and downed with all crew members being KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2019 14:43:36 Emily Changes to unit associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Report, 93rd Bomb group

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2018 10:00:01 Kickapoo Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal collection

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2018 09:41:56 Kickapoo Changes to media associations
Sources

Ploesti Illustrated

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2018 00:16:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2018 00:13:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2018 00:08:36 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2018 23:38:26 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2018 23:20:35 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 11:23:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org

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

MACR 331 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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