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Roy L Wells

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

His hometown was Houston, Texas.

Service

People

  • Dan Craddock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Muncie, Indiana.

  • Adelbert Cross

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Clarence Gerrick

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Born in Toledo, Ohio, where he attended St. John High School, graduating in 1935. He played basketball in high school and at the University of Toledo, where he majored in business. ...

  • Ross Koch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • George Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 389th Bomb Group
    His home town was Macon, Georgia. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733

  • Leopold Paulin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. Had two years of high school in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

  • Albert Trumbley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733.

  • Sidney Westlund

    Military | First Lieutenant | bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Los Angeles, California.

  • George Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40733. His home town was Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    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

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

Aircraft

  • 42-40733 Virgin for Short, But Not For Long

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40733 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Clarence W Gerrick, returning safely to Libya. ...

Missions

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spokane, Washington

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2019 12:42:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2019 03:42:35 Dieterle Changes to biography, place associations and mission associations
Sources

"Bomber Crewmen Who Flew on Tidal Wave," http://www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 23:08:16 Dieterle Changes to role, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Dan Masters, Dan Masters' blog of the Second World War, Thursday, June 13, 2019, "Ploesti and Beyond: The Wartime Careers of Clarence Gerrick and Jack Dieterle," https://danmastersworldwar2.blogspot.com/2019/06/ploesti-and-beyond-wart...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

389th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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