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Robert L Hamilton


Interned in Turkey while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 42-40744.

Earlier June 25, 1943 on training mission, B24 42-40774 collided with another ac



  • Hugh McLaren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner; ball-turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Drafted into AAF in 1942 at age 20 while living in Gary, Ind. Assigned to Eighth Air Force. Assigned as gunner to B-24 crew headed by pilot Joseph H. Hardison while training at Tucson, Ariz. Later transferred to 389th Bomb Group, 565th Bomb Squadron as...

  • Robert Schwellinger

    Military | Captain | Pilot / Co-pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Robert Schwellinger was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated in 1939 from Woodward High School. He enlisted in the Army nearly a year before Pearl Harbor. ...

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  • 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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40744

    B-24 Liberator
    Crew interned in Turkey. ...

  • 42-40774 Heaven Can Wait

    B-24 Liberator
    Damaged in a Mid-Air-Collision on 25 June 1943 with B-24 42-40687 while on a training mission


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Scio, Ohio
Interned 1 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2019 11:19:05 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 243, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 165