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Thomas C Dick

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

March 8, 1943 'Thar She Blows' B24 #41-23658 crashlanded at Gibraltar Farms in Kent. The battle damaged plane was returning from operations. All crew members were injured.

Silver Star; Purple Heart; DFC; EAME Medal w/ 4 Bronze Battle Stars; American Theater Ribbon

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23810 Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The aircraft returned safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

  • 41-23658 Thar She Blows

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-23658 was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron ar Alconbury, UK. The aircraft, piloted by Maj William Cowert, sustained battle damage on a mission to Rouen, France on 8-Mar-43 and made a crash landing at Gibralter Farm,...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Griffithsville, West Virginia 23 August 1919
Died 13 May 1969
Buried Coalinga, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 02:10:13 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 10:28:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p.90, Ted's Travelling Circus by Cal Stewart pp. 83-84; Daughter

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