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Capt. John S. Young - from Dallas, Texas - In the 9th Air Force - the 98th Bomb Group - and the 344th Bomb Squadron. Lt. Young was assigned to fly with Col. John R. "Killer" Kane, as Kane's copilot in Kane's B-24D, Hail Columbia, for the Ploesti mission, Operation Tidal Wave. John Kane and John Young, flew, Hail Columbia, to their target, found and successfully bombed it, and led the planes in their own 98th Bomb Group, and the 44th Bomb Group, following them to it's Initial Point. All three of their element's groups found and bombed their targets, which had been heavily compromised by having been bombed beforehand by remnants of the 93rd and the 376th Bomb Groups. In spite of being hit by flak and heavily damaged by over 150 flak hits approaching their target at Ploesti, neither Col. Kane, Lt. Young, nor any of, Hail Columbia's, crew members were seriously wounded. They all survived the mission and returned successfully to Cyprus Island, where they survived crash landing, Hail Columbia, on the British airbase at Nicosia, Cyprus. Aug 1, 1943

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  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...

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  • John Young

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. John S. Young was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Bored with college at SMU in Dallas, and knowing the country was headed for war, he joined the Army Air Force early in 1941 and began training as an aviation cadet. He was known as "Johnny" or ...

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