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John N Gekas


Bombardier B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.


Units served with

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • 9th Air Force


  • 42-40660 'Little Richard'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew as lead ship for 376th BG on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dean E Lear, returning safely to Libya. ...


  • 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 B24Ds that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...


Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya

Lived in Lowell, MA, USA

Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.


Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 10:54:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations

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