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Captain John S. Young in the cockpit of a production line B-24 Liberator at the Consolidated Vultee Plant at Fort Worth, Texas, in 1945.

Capt. John S. Young was Col. John R. Kane's copilot on the B-24D, 'Hail Columbia' on Operarion Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania, August 1,1943. Col. Kane and Capt. Young successfully bombed their target, White IV, the Astra Romano Oil Refinery, fought their way out of the Ploesti target area, and successfully flew their crippled B-24 back to the British air base at Nicosia, Cyprus, crash landing 'Hail Columbia' at Nicosia.

Connections

Units

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron


    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 9th Air Force

People

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot - 98th Bomb Group Commander
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor, in World War II, for his...

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier
    Lt. Harold Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th AF on Capt. John Young's crew in a B-24 named 'Kickapoo'. He graduated from Bombardier School at Midland Field in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. In February...

  • John Riley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot B-24D
    Lt. John Riley lost his life, as one of the first casualties of "Operation Tidal Wave" on August 1st, 1943, one of the biggest, most important, and most daring air raids of WWII, coming in at tree top level to destroy the Germans' Romanian oil...

  • Norman Whalen

    Military | Major | Navigator / Nose Gunner
    Norman Whalen joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. After graduating from Navigator School in Monroe, Louisiana, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron...

  • John Young

    Military | Major | B-24 Bomber Pilot
    Lieutenant John S. Young from Dallas Texas was a WWII B-24D Liberator bomber pilot with the 9th Air Force, the "Force For Freedom", the 98th Bomb Group the, "Pyramiders", and the 344th Bombing Squadron, based at Cairo, Egypt, Tobruk, and Benghazi,...

Aircraft

  • 41-11825 'Hail Columbia' 'Grumpy' 'Little Chief Big Dog'

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft originally served in the 344th BS as 'HAIL COLUMBIA'. It was 344th CO Col. John R. Kane's personal aircraft until Kane became 98th BG CO and turned it over to Herman "Big-Dog" Lewis. Lewis changed the right side nose art to 'LITTLE-CHIEF...

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 liberator #41-11768, 'Kickapoo', of the 344th Bombing Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. This was Lt. John S. Young's second regular aircraft after he lost his first B-24 in theater, which was shot down earlier in 1943 in an air fight near...

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...

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Date Contributor Update
25 December 2018 03:27:10 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2018 02:19:38 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2018 01:48:10 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2018 11:48:28 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Incorporated information from duplicate image records, and amended connections to reflect what is depicted in the image.

Connections formerly associated to this photo are now connected to John S Young's person page

Original Source message: Black Sunday by Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2018 08:38:07 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Bkack Subdat - Michael Hill

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