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Harold Francis Korger

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Lt. Harold Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bomb Group, 9th AF on Capt. John Young's crew in a B-24 named 'Kickapoo'. He graduated from Bombardier School at Midland Field in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. In February 1943 he was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, stationed in Benghazi, Libya.

Korger flew in the famed August 1, 1943 raid on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania, reassigned for the mission to fly as bombardier with Colonel John R. Kane on the 'Hail Columbia'. For the mission, Lt. Korger was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. His plane, 'Hail Columbia', having been badly shot up over his target, White IV, crash landed on the British air base at Nicosia, Cyprus after the Ploesti mission. Still later in his career, he was in two more airplane crashes and survived parachuting from two airplanes in circumstances where staying on board was not an option, walking away without injury every time. He also survived two years in a German POW camp.

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People

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Forces and later the United States Air Force, who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, in World War II. ...

  • Norman Whalen

    Military | Major | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Norman joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. Upon graduating from Navigator School in Monroe, Louisiana, he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. Norman was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa where he participated in numerous...

  • John Young

    Military | Major | Command Bomber Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Captain John S. Young from Dallas Texas was a WWII B-24D Liberator bomber command pilot with the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, and the 344th Bombing Squadron based at Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya in 1942-3. ...

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Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

Aircraft

  • 42-40402 The Sandman

    B-24 Liberator
    Crew of "The Sandman" on the Ploesti raid: ...

  • 41-11825 'Hail Columbia' 'Grumpy' 'Little Chief Big Dog'

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft originally served in the 344th BS as 'HAIL COLUMBIA'. It was 344th CO Col. John R. Kane's personal aircraft until Kane became 98th BG CO and turned it over to Herman "Big-Dog" Lewis. Lewis changed the right side nose art to 'LITTLE-CHIEF...

  • 41-11768 Kickapoo

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 liberator #41-11768 'Kickapoo' of the 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. This was Capt. John S. Young's regular aircraft. He and most of his regular crew were reassigned to fly with Col. John R. Kane on the 'Hail Columbia' for the August 1, 1943 low-level...

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

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01 September 2018 10:44:10 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Into The fire - Duane schultz

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Into The Fire - Duane schultz

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Air Force - Together We served

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Air Force - Together We Served

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Air Force - Together We Served

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Air Force - Together We Served

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Air Force - Together We Served

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Air Force - Together We Served : Col. Harold Francis Korger

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14 January 2018 02:43:21 Kickapoo Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Air Force - Together We Served : Col Harold Francis Corger

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