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Col. John R. Kane was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor for his leadership and courage during Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania. John Kane flew as Group Leader for his 98th Bomb Group, Col. Leon Johnson's 44th Bombing Group, and Col. Jack Wood's 389th Bomb Group, all of whom attacked and bombed their assigned targets. For the mission, Col. John Kane and his copilot, Lt. John S. Young from Texas, flew Kane's B-24D, the 'Hail Columbia', named by Kane for Columbia University and successfully bombed their target, code named "White IV", the Astra Romano Refinery complex. Lt Young was awarded the Silver Star and an Oak Leaf Cluster for his Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the mission, August 1, 1943.

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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...

  • 9th Air Force

    9th Air Force

    Command

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

People

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Command Pilot
    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...

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Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 13:11:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 16:15:14 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 16:11:20 Kickapoo Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 16:05:47 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Ploesti - Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2019 10:15:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in image.

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2019 21:11:48 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- TogetherWeServed.com ---- FindAGrave.com ---- Personal Archives - John S. Young

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