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James A Adovasio

Military

Crew member B-24 Liberator 42-40773 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. (**** This needs verifying as there is no evidence in any reviewed source documentation)

4th Oct 43, in the aftermath of the Wiener Nuestadt raid A/C was damaged and leaking fuel. Parts were unavailable in Tunisia. The 389th was ordered back to Hethel so Capt Fowble attempted to divert to Morocco to make repairs. I for item (42-40773 I/K) crashed 1 mile short of Marrakesh, in first leg of return to Hethel from Tunis, due to fuel exhaustion with 12 aboard killed.

Service

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40773

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40773 '773' 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. ...

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...

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
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 1943 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Capt Edward L Fowble, returning safely to Libya. (****** This needs verifying as there is no evidence in any reviewed source documentation)

Died Marrakesh, Morocco 3 October 1943

In the aftermath of the Wiener Nuestadt raid, his aircraft was damaged and leaking fuel. Parts were unavailable in Tunisia. The 389th was ordered back to Hethel so Capt Fowble attempted to divert to Morocco to make repairs. I for item (42-40773 I/K) crashed 1 mile short of Marrakesh, in first leg of return to Hethel from Tunis, due to fuel exhaustion with 12 aboard killed.

Lived in Ohio, USA

Ohio, USA.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

564th BS, 389th BG, 8th. TDY 9th AF.

Buried Missouri, USA

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County
Missouri, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2019 12:57:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

http://www.ploesti.com/roster.pdf;
Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 21:59:37 Jenny Changes to biography and events
Sources

Changed date of death due to gravestone being different: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=320426&GRid=1400...

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 21:03:14 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com / http://www.findagrave.com

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