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Eugene Robert Garner

Military

Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back toward the field to land, then a wing touched the ground and she smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames. WIA.

Service

People

  • Robert Nespor

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Robert James Nespor, Jr. was a B-24D command bomber pilot in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bombardment Group, "The Pyramiders", and the 330th Bombing Squadron. For the huge mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on Operation...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-11768 'KICKAPOO'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator 41-11768, 'KICKAPOO', was piloted by Lt. John S. Young from Dallas, Texas as part of the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron, which arrived in North Africa in early 1943. This airplane and was Lt...

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 Musgrove County, OK 11 April 1923

Son of Elias and Martha Ada [Davis] Garner.

Enlisted Kansa City, IL, 1941
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1944

344th BS, 98th BG, 8th AF.

Crash landed Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

Crew member B-24 liberator 41-11768 'Kickapoo' of 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Crashed shortly after take-off for the August 1, 43 low-level Ploesti, Romania mission. She lost an engine just after getting airborne and then caught fire while banking back toward the field to land, then a wing touched the ground and she smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames. WIA.

Hospitalised 1 August 1943 – 1 February 1945

Year and a half reconstructive surgery for burns from accident.

Died Colleyville, TX 25 October 2005
Buried Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Dallas, Dallas County TX 28 October 2005

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
Dallas, Dallas County
Texas, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2021 10:28:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/627065444
https://www.fold3.com/record/60508507/social-security-death-index-eugene...
https://www.fold3.com/record/713065347/u-s-veterans-gravesites-ca-1775-2...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17620365/eugene-r-garner

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 04:21:22 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2017 15:01:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 16:33:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com / USAAF Photo.

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