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The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, Old Blister Butt, 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. Pilot Robert L Wright and crew. Flew on Ploesti oil refinery mission, returning safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. Probably taken in the days after the Ploesti mission. Note, the last bomb in the mission tally is laid on its side. This is the Ploesti mission marker, as they flew so low, they laid it on the target rather than dropped it !!



  • 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

    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...

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  • Robert Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40776. ...


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    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown by Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Louis R. Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, and their Navigator Lt. Howard J. LaLonde out of Benghazi, Libya, on Operation Tidal...

  • 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...


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