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Uzal Girard Ent

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Uzal Girard Ent was an American Army Air Force officer who served as the commander of the 9th Air Force and subsequently the 2nd Air Force during World War II. He flew as mission commander on the Aug 1, 1943, Ploesti oil refinery raid, Operation Tidal Wave. At his first IP, approaching Ploesti from the south, he ordered his pilot Col. Keith Compton to turn east, toward Bucharest, instead of continuing north toward Ploesti in spite of many warnings from Col. Walter Stewart and others on the radio and from his own navigator on his aircraft intercom, that he had made a disastrous wrong turn away from the Ploesti refinery area north of them. This action caused consternation among the pilots leading the 93rd Bomb Group and the other groups following Ent, the commander of the mission and commander of the lead aircraft, 'Teggie Ann' flown by Col. Keith Compton. Many of those pilots refused to follow Ent Away from their objective and turned back north and west on their own, in order to attack and bomb targets of opportunity at Ploesti, causing much confusion and the loss of the lives of the pilots who did attack the refineries on their own.

Known as a dangerously incompetent airplane pilot, Ent, in October, 1944, was seriously injured in the crash of his B-25 upon takeoff at the Fort Worth Army Airfield, Texas, when he pulled his landing gear "Up" handle before his B-25 had reached flying speed. This caused his plane to settle back onto the runway and one of the propellers to strike the runway pavement and separate, entering the pilots' cockpit and severing Ent's spinal cord, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. Hospitalised for many months, he learned to walk again using braces and retired due to his disability in 1946 with the rank of Major General. He died of complications from his back injury in 1948.

Awards: DSM (OLC), DSC (OLC), DFC (OLC), AM (OLC), LOM, Campaign, Defense, WWI and WWII Victory, EAME (3 battle stars). Also Bolivian Order of the Condor of the Andes, the Peruvian Order of Ayacucho (Commander), the Peruvian Aviation Cross (1st Class), and the Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Service

People

  • Keith Compton

    Military | General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer | 376th Bomb Group
    Keith Karl Compton (December 9, 1915 – June 15, 2004) was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command. He flew as Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent on Operation Tidal Wave in the B-24D, 'Teggie Ann'...

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II, for his...

  • John Palm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    B-24

  • Walter Stewart

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    In 1941, Stewart was a 24 year-old, U.S. Army Air Force cadet at the University of Utah. "We were pulling guns around with horses as a plane flew overhead. Jack Adamson, who had been my mission companion, said to me, `There's a war coming.' Later that...

  • John Young

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lieutenant John S. Young from Dallas, Texas, called "Big John" or "Johnny" by his friends and crewmen, was a B-24D Liberator bomber pilot with the 9th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group and the 344th Bombing Squadron, based at Cairo, Egypt, Tobruk, and...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-40664 Honey Chile, Liberandos, Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator #42-40664 'Honey Chile' / '100 Teggie Ann' of the 515th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, as a participant of Operation Tidal Wave, the 1st Aug 1943 raid on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Flown...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Northumberland, PA, USA 3 March 1900

Son of Oscar Wellington and Elizabeth [Girard] Ent.

Held Command Benghazi, Libya February 1943 – December 1943

Held Command of Ninth Air Force

Held Command December 1943 – October 1944

Held Command of 2nd air Force

Crashed WIA Fort Worth, TX, USA October 1944

In October 1944, was seriously injured in the crash of a B-25 on takeoff at the Fort Worth Army Airfield, Texas. Paralyzed from the waist down he learned to walk again using braces.

Retired 1946

Retired (disability in line of duty) in 1946 with the rank of major general.

Died Denver, CO, USA 5 March 1948

Fitzsimons General Hospital

Buried Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, Northumberland County, PA 8 March 1948

Riverview Cemetery
Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

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Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 09:44:05 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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Added middle name and a Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 134273789.

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- Uzal Girard Ent - Wikipedia

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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28 February 2019 04:51:58 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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29 March 2015 20:41:58 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
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Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 20:37:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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