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Ernest Frank Baron


Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' #42-40804.



  • William Meehan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' 42-40804 DFC/ AM/ PH

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb 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...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron



  • 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

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....


Event Location Date
Born Pocatello, ID, USA 26 June 1921
Lived in Weber County, UT, USA 1942
Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT, USA 5 September 1942
Died Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943

Gunner S/Sgt Ernest Frank Baron DFC KIA
Squadron: 329TH 93BOMB GROUP,
Hometown; Utah
Service# 39832837
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st./Lt. William E. Meehan, DFC KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 1-AUG-43
Serial Number:42-40804
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter:
Location: crashed near Ploestiori village north of Concordia-Vega refineries 10crew , 9KIA, 1POW .

Sgt Baron participated in " Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the 93rd attacks the Concordia-Vega oil refinery. The 93rd earns Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Buried Ogden, UT, USA 1950

Ogden City Cemetery
Weber County
Utah, USA


Date Contributor Update
11 August 2020 22:10:28 jmoore43 Changes to media associations

Added a media connection between Ernest Baron and his picture.

Date Contributor Update
11 August 2020 22:04:53 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected a typo in the location for the Died event.
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 01:57:56 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:09:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 328