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Bedford Bilby


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

3 November 1943 'The Captain & His Kids' B24D 41-24112 had an accident upon landing.



  • Lloyd Hughes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Herbert Hughes Jr., better known to his friends, as "Pete," flew his fifth mission, as pilot of a B-24D Liberator bomber in an attack against the Axis oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. He was killed August 1, 1943 when his plane was severely...

Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb 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...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...


  • 42-40747 'Heavy Date'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40747 'Heavy Date' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew Ploesti oil refinery raid on 1st August 4, 3piloted by William M Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. On 7 January 44, its assigned target was the Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany,...

  • 41-24112 'Bucksheesh Benny Rides Again'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash-landed Hethel 4-Nov-43, Cat5 damage, written off, pilot Lt John O Cadenhead Jr.


  • 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...


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Born Omaha, Nebraska


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 15:37:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:20 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History & Unit history /self & MACR 5496 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 208, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 357