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B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, named, Old Blister Butt, in the 8th AF, the 389th BG, and the 564th BS. Pilot Robert L. Wright and crew. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. Maj Howard J. LaLonde is 3rd from left, rear row.



  • 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...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...


  • 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...


  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield


Date Contributor Update
14 September 2021 16:47:13 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations, place associations and mission associations

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25 April 2015 17:47:57 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and mission associations