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Lt. Robert J Nespor, killed in action on 1 August 1943. Lt. Nespor was reassigned to fly Lt. John S. Young's regular airplane, 'KICKAPOO' with his copilot. Lt. John Clark Riley for the Ploesti mission to bomb the oil refineries. Nespor and Riley were killed just after takeoff when 'KICKAPOO''s #4 engine failed and caught on fire. The plane's wing hit a concrete pole on landing cartwheeling the plane into the ground in flames. All but two of the plane's crew were KIA, with two WIA. 1 Aug 1943. Both pilots, Lt. Nespor and Lt. John C. Riley were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart for their bravery and sacrifice for the Ploesti mission.

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  • 9th Air Force
  • 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. ...

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  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Command Pilot
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Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 13:02:13 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
08 September 2019 00:56:54 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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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 17:08:37 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
06 August 2019 12:49:08 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in image, and transferred biographical information on Nespor to his person record.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2019 08:02:44 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg ---- Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Together We Served.com ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2019 08:00:23 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 ---- Together We Served.com ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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