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B-24D Stinger - 41-11817, was flown by Pilot Andrew Opsata, Copilot Louis Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Don Di Coscoe, but was named, Stinger, by his Navigator Maj. Howard LaLonde. All of them were detached (TDY) to the 98th Bomb Group in the 9th Air Force for the Ploesti mission 1943

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Units

  • 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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

People

  • Donald Di Coscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier
    Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was a B-24D bombardier on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the...

  • Howard LaLonde

    Military | Major | B-24D Navigator
    Major Howard J. LaLonde was a B-24 navigator, originally assigned and deployed to the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in Hethel, Britain. He was, then, detached and deployed (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air...

  • Andrew Opsata

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, Stinger, and was assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force, detached to (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bombardment Squadron. He flew a total of...

  • Louis Quaglino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot
    Lt. Louis R. Quaglino was reassigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, as copilot of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, with his pilot, Lt. Andrew Opsata. Lt. Quaglino, flying, Stinger, participated in...

Aircraft

  • 41-11817 Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown by Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Louis R. Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di Coscoe, and their Navigator Lt. Howard J. LaLonde out of Benghazi, Libya, on Operation Tidal...

  • 42-40746 Ole Irish

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40746, Ole Irish, was in the 564th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, at Hethel, Britain. It was deployed to Benghazi, Libya, and flew on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Ole Irish, piloted by Lt....

  • 42-40776 Old Blister Butt - Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, H, Old Blister Butt, was originally deployed to Hethel, U.K. as part of the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bomb Squadron. It was redeployed (TDY) with the 8th Air Force, to Benghazi, Libya. Flown by...

Locations

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

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