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Howard Joseph LaLonde Jr

Military

Major Howard J. LaLonde was a B-24 navigator, originally assigned and deployed to the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force in Hethel, Britain in Lt. Robert Wright's crew in, Old Blister Butt. He was, then, detached and deployed (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, at Benghazi, Libya, for Operation Tidal Wave, to bomb the Ploesti oil refineries. Maj. LaLonde flew on 26 combat missions. For the Ploesti mission he flew with his pilot from the 8th Air Force, Lt. Andrew Opsata, as Opsata's navigator on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger. Both planes and crews returned safely to Libya with only one of Stinger's crew members wounded - WIA. Lt. LaLonde's regular airplane had previously been Robert Wright's, 42-40776, Old Blister Butt, which also flew on the Ploesti mission with Command Pilot Lt. Wright and his crew. 1 Aug 1943.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Donald Di Coscoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Donold Di Coscoe was a B-24D bombardier on the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, assigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force. He participated in Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the...

  • Andrew Opsata

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D Command pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, with his Copilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, and Bombardier Lt. Don Di Coscoe, on Operation Tidal Wave, assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force,...

  • Louis Quaglino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Louis R. Quaglino was reassigned (TDY) to the 415th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, as copilot of the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, with his pilot, Lt. Andrew Opsata. Lt. Quaglino, flying, Stinger, participated in...

  • Robert Wright

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Robert Lee Wright took part in Operation Tidal Wave, on Ploesti, Romania, flying the B-24D Liberator 42-40776, Old Blister Butt with his Copilot Lt. Fred Sayre. Upon Leaving the target area at Campina, Lt. Wright and Old Blister Butt's crew saw...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 415th Bomb Squadron

    415th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator reconnaissance squadron in early 1942. Engaged initially in antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South...

Aircraft

  • 41-11817 Stinger

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, named, Stinger, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, by Pilot Lt. Andrew Opsata and copilot Lt. Louis R. Quaglino, with their Bombardier, Lt. Donald Di...

  • 42-40746 Ole Irish

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40746, Ole Irish, was in the 564th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, at Hethel, Britain. It was deployed (TDY) to Benghazi, Libya, and flew on the Ploesti oil refinery mission. Ole Irish, piloted by Lt...

  • 42-40776 Old Blister Butt - Widow

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, Old Blister Butt, was originally deployed to Alconbury, U.K. in the 8th Air Force. It was later redeployed (TDY), as part of the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 564th Bomb Squadron, to Benghazi, Libya. Flown...

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...

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, OH 3 August 1918

Son of Howard J Sr and Adelaide LaLonde.

Enlisted Cleveland, OH 4 August 1941

Cleveland, Ohio

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Navigator of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.

Died 6 August 1975
Buried Calvary Cemetery Springfield, Clark County, OH 9 August 1975

Calvary Cemetery
Springfield,
Clark County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2021 04:16:51 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

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27 September 2021 04:12:38 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40776 - Old Blister Butt

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26 September 2021 15:08:59 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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16 September 2021 17:11:11 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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16 September 2021 08:42:45 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184013626/howard-j-lalonde
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15 September 2021 21:44:19 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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15 September 2021 21:38:12 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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15 September 2021 04:05:03 Kickapoo Changes to biography and person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

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14 September 2021 16:42:22 Kickapoo Changes to role
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14 September 2021 16:41:11 Kickapoo Changes to nickname and biography
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Date Contributor Update
29 January 2021 14:21:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/88573228/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://wandpoperationtidalwave.wordpress.com/
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/184013626/howard-j-lalonde

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 19:38:01 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2020 19:34:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2015 18:36:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
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