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Col. John R. Kane was the command pilot of his chosen B-24 for the Ploesti Bombing mission, 'Hail Columbia'. Just before the mission, Kane reassigned Lt. John Young to be his copilot in 'Hail Columbia' along with most of Young's crew form Young's B-24, the 'Kickapoo', thereby saving Lt. Young's and all of his regular crew's lives when 'Kickapoo''s engines failed on the early morning takeoff for Ploesti, and crashed in flames, killing it's pilot's and all crewmembers except two, who survived, though badly burned. August 1, 1943.

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  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

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  • 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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18 September 2019 13:14:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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07 September 2019 05:41:58 Kickapoo Changes to caption, 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 ----
FindaGrave.com John S. Young, Jr - personal archives

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06 August 2019 14:15:25 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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04 August 2019 20:02:55 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person 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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