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Vernie F Johnson

Military

Killed in Action 1 August 1943 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' 42-40804.

Sgt. Johnson lost his life in "Operation Tidal Wave" one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 93rd attacks the Concordia-Vega oil refinery. The 93rd earns Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Gunner S/Sgt Vernie F. Johnson DFC KIA
Squadron: 329TH 93BOMB GROUP,
Hometown: California
Service# 39021986
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st./Lt. William E. Meehan, DFC KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Target: Concordia Vega (Target White 2) Ploesti
Date Lost: 1-AUG-43
Serial Number:42-40804
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: THE LADY JANE / BERTHA
Location: crashed near Ploestiori village north of Concordia-Vega refineries 10crew , 9KIA, 1POW .

DFC/ AM/ PH

Service

People

  • William Meehan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' 42-40804 DFC/ AM/ PH

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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

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...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salina, Kansas 1910
Enlisted San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA, USA 4 March 1942
Killed in action Ploieștiori 107071, Romania 1 August 1943
Buried 1950

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Neuville-en-Condroz
Arrondissement de Liège
Liège, Belgium
Plot: Plot C Row 10 Grave 47

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2019 11:49:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 03:01:27 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56358996
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=7339792

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2016 10:41:19 A. van Erp Changes to awards and events
Sources

www.wwiimemorial.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC MACR 328 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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