Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40775.
On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J 42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. RTD.
Military | Private | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
Private Floyd Stanley Ernst was born and raised in Tomahawk, WI. He joined the Army Air Corps on 11 September 1942, and was stationed in England from July 1943 to his death on 28 January 1944.
Military | Major | Flight Surgeon | 352nd Fighter Group
Maj. Nathan W. Hylan was a respected physician and well-known member of the Derry Flying Club in the small town of Derry, N.H. Like many others during wartime, Hylan traded in his civilian life for military service. He was assigned to the medical...
Military | Sergeant | Medic | 352nd Fighter Group
Sgt. Joseph J. Rubin was a passenger on the B-24J #42-100001 "Drawers" that crashed on a local training flight on 28 January 1944, killing Sgt. Rubin and 4 others.
Units served with
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...
B-24 Liberator 42-40775 'Wolf Wagon' 565th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Kenneth H Matson, returning safely to Libya.
On 28 Jan 1944 on a local training flight, an explosion in B-24J #42-100001 'Drawers' caused smoke to fill the cabin and crew was ordered to bale out. Five of the crew were killed, and five survived.
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...
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...
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