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The B-24D, Hail Columbia's, flight officers. From the left : Lt. John S. Young, copilot, Lt. Harold Korger, bombardier, and Lt. Norman Whalen, their gifted navigator and nose gunner, celebrate after the Ploesti raid. 1943.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb 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...


  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Harold Francis Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, based in Benghazi, Libya. He flew on the B-24D, Hail Columbia, with Group Leader Col. John R. Kane, on the famous mission,...

  • Norman Whalen

    Military | Major | Navigator / Nose Gunner
    Norman Mathew Whalen joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. After graduating from Navigator School in Monroe, Louisiana, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing...

  • 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 ...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...


  • Lete

    Military site : airfield


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 16:48:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations

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12 October 2021 05:08:12 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

"He Brought Us Home" - The Air Force Magazine - by Capt. John S. Young. 1944

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03 September 2021 20:15:10 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Personal archives. - Kickapoo

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Personal Archives - Kickapoo

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23 December 2020 10:09:38 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

The Great Air-Ground Battle Of August 1 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart ---- personal archives - John S Young Jr