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T/Sgt James Van Ness, engineer and top turret gunner at the nose of his assigned B-24D, named, Chug-A-Lug. - TSgt. Van Ness was killed in action on the mission over the Ploesti oil refineries, mortally wounded by ground flak. KIA. 1 Aug, 1943.
For his valor and sacrifice in combat he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross - posthumously.

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  • James Van Ness

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    TSgt. James Van Ness was was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, USAAF. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-11766 Chug-A-Lug

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, bomber, 41-11766, Chug-A-Lug, of the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission to bomb the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti, piloted by Lt. Leroy B....

Locations

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

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Date Contributor Update
29 August 2021 13:13:00 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11766

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2021 05:56:16 Kickapoo Changes to caption, place associations and mission associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11766 - Chug-A-Lug

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2020 08:03:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, person associations and aircraft associations
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