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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Personnel of the 389th Bomb Group stand atop the engine of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-40787) nicknamed "Vagabond King". Sitting (left to right): Staff Sergeant David C Shattles, Staff Sergeant Louis H Raines, Corporal Alfred P Rossi. Standing (left to right)Second Lieutenant Masco, First Lieutenant Marvin Mendlesohn, First Lieutenant George A Brinton, Captain John B. McCormick, Staff Sergeant William J Budai, Staff Sergeant Richard W Weaver

'They have bombed ten different countries. Associated Press photo shows: The crew of the Flying Fortress, "Vagabond King", which has flown over 250,000 miles in combat missions and bombed targets in ten different countries, including the airfields at Ploesti. They are (left to right, sitting): S/Sgt. David C. Shattles, of Atlanta, GA., Gunner; S/Sgt. Louis H. Raines, of Chesson, ALA, Gunner; Cpl. Alfred P. Rossi, of Philadelphia, PA., Gunner; (standing): 2nd Lt. Masco, of Chicago, ILL; Bombardier; 1st Lt. Lt. Marvin Mendlesohn, of Rockaway, N.Y., Navigator; 1st Lt. George A. Brinton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, co-Pilot; Capt. John B. McCormick, of Syracuse, M.Y. Pilot; S/Sgt. William J Budai, of Toledo, Ohio; and S/Sgt. Richard W. Weaver, of Scottdale, PENN.'

Connections

Units

  • 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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Brinton

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787.

  • William Budai

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1921, he enlisted in the Army in Aug. 1942. Despite surviving the harrowing Ploesti raid in August 1943, he was shot down on 18 November 1943 while a gunner on the B-24 "Vagabond King" (42-40787). He was killed when his plane...

  • John McCormick

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 #42-40787 'Vagabond King'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Marvin Mendlesohn

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787. Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-40787 'Vagabond King. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action.

  • Alfred Rossi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787. Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24 42-40787 'Vagabond King'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Shattles

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40787.

  • Richard Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in Action (KIA) 1-Dec-43 on mission to Solingen, B-24 42-40793 'Blonds Away' was damaged by fighters and exploded while trying to land. MACR 3983 Awards: PH.

Aircraft

  • 42-40787 "Vagabond King"

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #42-40787 "Vagabond King" was in the 565th Bombing Squadron, the 389th Bombing Group, the 8th Air Force. It flew on 1st Aug, 1943 on Operation Tidal Wave, to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, piloted by John B McCormick....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 13:30:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Image is of a 389th Bomb Group crew

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 14:49:32 Emily Changes to mission associations
Sources

Removed association to Operation Tidal Wave: not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2019 19:08:10 Dieterle Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

Richard Dieterle, adding more material from Dan Masters, "Dragged Through the Mouth of Hell: Toledo's Contribution to Operation Tidal Wave, August 1, 1943," Northwest Ohio History Journal, Vol. 84, No. 1 (October 6, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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