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John Roche

Military

While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing (previously thought impossible for a bomber). Stranded on the Algerian desert, the crew spent the night protecting the plane from natives.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Fred Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 1 Aug '43 raid on Ploesti. ...

  • Robert Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 15 February 1943. TDY to 9th AF, 'Celhalopdos' B-24D-1-CO 41-23675 went down over Naples, Italy. ...

  • George Eisel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    The only survivor of a crash May 3, 1943. After completing their missions, the crew of 'Hot Stuff' B-24 41-23728 was tasked with flying General Frank Andrews, commanding general of the USAAF in the ETO to the US. The plane crashed in Iceland killing...

  • Walter Erness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing ...

  • Estell Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 13 December 1942. While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and...

  • Weldon Seaton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Wounded in action on Dec. 13, 1942 mission that the group flew to destroy the docks and harbor of Bizerte. While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte , Pilot Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the...

  • Vincent Shocklee

    Military | Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing ...

  • Charles Woerner

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24109 Ready & Willing/Silver Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya. Returned to ETO. Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as their Assembly Ship.

  • 41-23909 Ambrose II

    B-24 Liberator
    Deadstick landing near Bone, Algeria on 13 December 1942, on return from operations to Bizerta, Tunisia.

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...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Davenport, Iowa

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2020 13:13:13 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Associated crew members as per https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/25117

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 11:34:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

93rd BG/ 330th BS Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54 Ted's Travelling Circus by Cal Stewart pp. 49-50. Picture of pilot, copilot and 'Ambrose' / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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