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William R Cameron


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229.

Had 38 combat missions. He not only came over to England with the 44th but was the only pilot to then go home with them at the end of the war. He was one of the best combat leaders we had, a quote by Gen. Leon Johnson "He took his pane through the Ploesti inferno lower than most other pilots and got her home with only minor damage, earning the DSC for his part in the historic raid".

He was married General Joseph Stillwell's daughter.

Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Cluster; DSC;


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron



  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Hanford, California


Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 12:25:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:36 AAM AAM ingest

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart & p224 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION edited by Randy Baumgardner, D790.A2S45 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia