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# 42-40753 ~ B-24D 'OLE KICKAPOO' - Command Pilot 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes, Copilot 2ndLt. Ronald Helder, and Crew 1943. Aircraft was lost at Campina, Ploesti with both pilots and all crewmen, except two, KIA. Two crewmen survived the crash, WIA on "Operation Tidal Wave" 1 Aug 1943 - Pilot Lt. Lloyd "Pete" Hughes was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his determination to press on and bomb his target without regard to his life and safety. His copilot, Lt. Ronald Helder was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross. - All crewmen on 'Ole Kickapoo' were awarded The Distinguished Service Cross and The Distinguished Flying Cross for their bravery, skill, and sacrifice in participation with Operation Tidal Wave.
Pilot: 2Lt Lloyd H. Hughes, Jr. KIA : Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously
Co-Pilot: 2Lt Ronald L. Helder. KIA : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Navigator: 2Lt Sidney A. Pear. KIA : Died of wounds August 6, 1943, surgery hospital in Campina, Rumania : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Bombardier: 2Lt John A. McLoughlin. KIA : Escaped burning wreckage - Died of wounds on August 3, 1943, surgery hospital in Campina, Rumania : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: T/Sgt Joseph E. Mix. KIA : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Radio Operator: T/Sgt Louis N. Kase. KIA : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Waist Gunner: S/Sgt Malcolm C. Dalton. KIA : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
Waist Gunner: S/Sgt Edmond H. Smith. WIA POW : Distinguished Service Cross
Tail Gunner: S/Sgt Thomas A. Hoff. WIA POW : Distinguished Service Cross
Tunnel Gunner: Sgt Avis K. Wilson. KIA : Distinguished Service Cross posthumously

Full names:
Pilot: 2Lt Lloyd Herbert Hughes, Jr.
Co-Pilot: 2Lt Ronald Lee Helder
Navigator: 2Lt Sidney Allen Pear
Bombardier: 2Lt John A. McLoughlin
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: T/Sgt Joseph Elzie Mix
Radio Operator: T/Sgt Louis Norman Kase/Kassowitz
Waist Gunner: S/Sgt Malcolm Clay Dalton
Waist Gunner: S/Sgt Edmond Howard Smith
Tail Gunner: S/Sgt Thomas Albert Hoff
Tunnel Gunner: Sgt Avis Kenneth Wilson

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Barcus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Staff Sargent John Raymond Barcus was a waist gunner on the B-24D SN #41-23778 - 'Lady Luck' Assigned to the 66th Bomb Squadron, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force. He flew on the Ploesti raid as part of Lt. Felber's crew, on temporary...

  • Malcolm Dalton

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Ole Kickapoo' #42 40753

  • Gilbert Hadley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Pilot
    First Lieutenant Gilbert Benny Hadley was a B-24D Liberator bomber pilot with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 344th Bombing Squadron, from Texas, based at Cairo, Egypt, Tobruk, and Benghazi, Libya, in the Mediterranean...

  • Ronald Helder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24D Co-Pilot
    2nd Lt. Ronald Lee Helder was a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bombing Squadron in WWII. He flew as Co-pilot with his friend, Command Pilot Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes, in the B-24D Lt. Helder called, 'Ole Kickapoo',...

  • Thomas Hoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 564BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploseti raid in B-24 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo' 1-Aug-43; A/C downed by flak and subsequent fire. One of two survivors from the crash. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 157 ...

  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    ...

  • 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...

  • Louis Kase

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Ole Kickapoo' #4240753 NOTE: Louis N. Kassowitz enlisted under the name Louis Norman Kase

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier Navigator
    Lt. Harold Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. He flew on the famous mission, Operation Tidal Wave, Aug 1, 1943, to knock out the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. ...

  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24 Command pilot of the B-24D, #4111761, The 'Squaw' in North Africa in 1942-43. Lt. Lebrecht flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the Aug 1 1943 Ploesti raid, with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, and the 344th...

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Aircraft

  • 41-24226 'Joisey Bounce' - 'Utah Man'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D 'Joisey Bounce' was assigned to Pilot Col. Walter T. Stewart of the 330 Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, for the famous mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, Aug 1,1943. Col. Stewart changed his assigned plane...

  • 41-24311 'Hadley's Harem'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named 'Hadley's Harem' was Lt. Gilbert Hadley's personal airplane and the one he flew on the mission to destroy Hitler's oil refineries at Ploesti Romania in 1943. ...

  • 41-11825 'Hail Columbia' 'Grumpy' 'Little Chief Big Dog'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 'Hail Columbia', # 41-11825, originally served in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was, first, the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...

  • 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 Lt...

  • 42-40753 'Ole Kickapoo'

    B-24 Liberator
    # 42-40753 - B-24D 'OLE KICKAPOO' - A Consolidated B-24D bomber from the 389th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force, and the 564th Bomb Squadron from England, with it's Command Pilot, 2nd Lt. Lloyd Hughes, and his crew, who flew on "Operation Tidal...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Locations

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2020 03:34:06 Kickapoo Changes to caption, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 -- James Dugan - Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2020 19:01:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2020 18:39:06 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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FindAGrave - Ronald Lee Helder

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10 December 2020 18:28:37 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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FindAGrave - Ronald Lee Helder

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 09:13:09 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 07:14:32 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 07:11:35 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 07:09:13 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 07:00:59 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 06:33:34 Kickapoo Changes to collection
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John S. Young, Jr. - prsonal archives

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2020 04:52:50 Rajordan Changes to caption
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Combing through family records, historical records, and Find A Grave.

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 06:23:55 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 Aug 1943 -- James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 06:04:37 Kickapoo Created entry with collection and caption
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Find - A - Grave -- 2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes - Killed In Action over Target Red, Campina Ploesti, Aug 1 1943.

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