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The flight crew poses in front of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, in the 415th Bomb Squadron - the 98th Bomb Group - and the 9th Air Force. Flown on Operation Tidal wave over Ploesti, Romania. Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata, and CoPilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, launched from Benghazi, Libya, on the Ploesti mission and successfully returned with only 1 crew member, Gunner SSgt, John Gormey, wounded. WIA. Aug 1, 1943.

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Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...

People

  • Donald Di Coscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was a B-24D bombardier on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the...

  • John Gormey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Staff Sergeant James H. Gomey was a gunner on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, which participated in the Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. Sgt. Gomey was hit by flak. WIA. 1st Aug 43 ...

  • Howard LaLonde

    Military | Major | B-24D Navigator
    Major Howard J. LaLonde was a B-24 navigator, originally assigned and deployed to the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in Hethel, Britain. He was, then, detached and deployed (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air...

  • Paul Nicholson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret
    Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Oaks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Opsata

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, Stinger, and was assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force, detached to (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bombardment Squadron. He flew a total of...

  • William Pimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner
    SSgt. William Girard Pimm was assigned to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He was a tail gunner and crew member of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, and participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing...

  • Louis Quaglino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot
    Lt. Louis R. Quaglino was reassigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, as copilot of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, with his pilot, Lt. Andrew Opsata. Lt. Quaglino, flying, Stinger, participated in...

  • Charles Quinlan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 42-40746 Ole Irish

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40746, Ole Irish, was in the 564th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, at Hethel, Britain. It was deployed to Benghazi, Libya, and flew on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Ole Irish, piloted by Lt....

  • 42-40776 Old Blister Butt - Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, H, Old Blister Butt, was originally deployed to Hethel, U.K. as part of the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bomb Squadron. It was redeployed (TDY) with the 8th Air Force, to Benghazi, Libya. Flown by...

Locations

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

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Best Web - B-24 - 42- 40776 - Old Blister Butt

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - STINGER

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