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Vernon E Mayer

Military

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40747.

Service

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

  • 42-40747 'Heavy Date'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 42-40747 'Heavy Date' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew Ploesti oil refinery raid on 1st August 4, 3piloted by William M Selvidge, returning safely to Libya. On 7 January 44, its assigned target was the Ludwigshaven Oil Refinery in Germany,...

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 Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2019 15:47:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:24 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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