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Ralph Leroy Carroll

Military

Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1-Aug-43 aboard B-24 41-24109. Returned to ZI aboard B-24 'Bomerang' with Capt Walter T Stewart.

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Walter Stewart

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    In 1941, Stewart was a 24 year-old, U.S. Army Air Force cadet at the University of Utah. "We were pulling guns around with horses as a plane flew overhead. Jack Adamson, who had been my mission companion, said to me, `There's a war coming.' Later that...

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.

  • 41-23722 'Bomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D serial 41-23722 'Bomerang' (coded GO-C) of the 328th BS, 93rd BG. Survivor of the first raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya. First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born North East, Pennsylvania 13 January 1920

Son of Raymon G Carroll.

Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 19 August 1941

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Discharged USAAF 10 June 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Coraopolis, PA 7 July 1996
Buried Coraopolis Cemetery Coraopolis, Allegheny County, PA 10 July 1996

Coraopolis Cemetery
Coraopolis, Allegheny County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 17:17:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/542447844
https://www.fold3.com/record/83751008-ralph-l-carroll
https://www.fold3.com/record/17965929-ralph-l-carroll
https://www.fold3.com/record/618254364-ralph-carroll-1920
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18802093/ralph-l-carroll

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 11:47:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:50 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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