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B-24D 'KICKAPOO' , originally assigned to Lt. John S. Young, 9th AF, 98th BG, 344th BS. 'KICKAPOO' crashed and was lost on takeoff for the Ploesti mission. with both replacement pilots, Lt. Robert Nespor of the 98th BG and Lt. John C. Riley of the 93rd BG and all but two of the replacement crew for the Ploesti mission KIA Aug 1, 1943 - the first casualties of Operation Tidal Wave over Ploesti, Romania.



  • 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

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


  • 41-11768 'Kickapoo'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator #41-11768, 'KICKAPOO', was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane and was...


Date Contributor Update
18 September 2019 13:09:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Removed associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2019 16:40:22 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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