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Donald Di Coscoe

Military

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 Ploesti oil refineries, returning safely to Libya with only one crew member WIA. 1-Aug-43.

Awards: Air Medal - Distinguished Flying Cross - WWII Victory Medal - European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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  • Andrew Opsata

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
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  • Louis Quaglino

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 415BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

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

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