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Joseph Avendano Jr

Military

Avendano took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

Avendano transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group in late 1943 after completing 30 missions. He undertook pathfinder flights providing radar leads for specific missions and in preparation of the invasion of Normandy. On 23 January 1944 on a radar test flight his aircraft was seen diving nose first before crashing.

Avendano's remains could not be separately identified from Harry S Parks and Carl H Jean whom he died with. All three men are buried together at Cambridge American Cemetery.

Was of Southwest Indian extraction, he served in Royal Canadian AF before transferring to AAF in England. Later killed in night practice mission with the 482nd BG

Service

People

  • Leigh Claflin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Wounded during Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • William Denbin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • Russell Geith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • William Hall

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • Carl Jean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    B24H #42-7672 crashed for unknown reasons near Shingay, Cambridgeshire on 23 Jan 1944 while on routine night training flight. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clyde Keeling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • Prince Martin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • Harry Parks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Born 3 July 1916 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. Entered the US Army Air Corps at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas on 2 October 1941. ...

  • Albert Walker

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

  • Mathew Workman

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Wounded during Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24192)

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Units served with

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 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...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron
  • 814th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24192 Dogpatch Raider

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, with Lt Avendano and crew, diverting to Pachino, Sicily on return ...

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 Pomona, California
Killed in action 23 January 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2019 13:19:40 Emily Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Report- 93rd Bomb Group

ABMC

Find a Grave

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart

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