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James A Edwards


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40775.

1st October 1943, hit by flak on mission from Tunisia to Austria in B24 42-40775 'Wolf Wagon'. Crashed near target with 6 Killed in Action (KIA) and 4 Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb 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...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-40775 'Wolf Wagon'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40775 'Wolf Wagon' 565th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Kenneth H Matson, 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 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of war 1 October 1943
Lived in Moffet, Ok.


Date Contributor Update
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Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 299;
Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group