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Liberator B-24 #4240172 'Lynn Bari II', 506th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. Flown on the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti mission by the crew in the photo, returning safely to Libya.

Rear L-R: S/Sgt George E Hartney, Lt Ronald S Allen, Capt William N Anderson, Lt Stanley F Olson, Lt Charles M Shaw, Cpl Victor A McMenamin.

Front L-R: Cpl Clifford C Hurst, S/Sgt Oscar Ferkauff, T/Sgt Walter N Goodson, Sgt J R Bell, S/Sgt Allie T Hearne Jr.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron
  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Flew 1 Aug 43 Ploesti raid. Prisoner of War (POW) . October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off...

  • William Anderson

    Military | Major | Command Pilot
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 1-Aug-43 raid on Ploesti earning his DSC for his actions. Flew as Command pilot on mission to V-1 sites at Agathe d' Aliermont, France 21-Jan-44; A/C hit by flak, Major Anderson was mortally wounded in the...

  • J Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer
    Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursued....

  • Oscar Ferkauff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armorer; Waist Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursued....

  • Walter Goodson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursued....

  • George Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allie Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursued....

  • Clifford Hurst

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Fatal crash on return from Bremen in B-24 427647 13-Nov-43; Crashed into trees a mile east of base. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Victor McMenamin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Prisoner of War (POW). October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursued....

  • Stanley Olson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    KIA October 1, 1943, when the crew was TDY to the 9th AAC, on a mission to Weiner Neustadt, B-24 ac# 42-72857 'Star Spangled Hell' was attacked by 5 ME-109's in the bomb bay target area. . A/c peeled off while still being pursed. After most of the...

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Aircraft

  • 42-40172 'Lynn Bari II'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flown on the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti mission returning safely to Libya. ...

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 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 20:56:27 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32145744?terms=william%20n%20anderson

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 21:02:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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