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Fred E Anderson

Military

Flew on 1 Aug '43 raid on Ploesti.

13 December 1942 while on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing (previously thought impossible for a bomber). Stranded on the Algerian desert, the crew spent the night protecting the plane from natives. Anderson ended up in hospital and missed going back with his crew So he 'hitch-hiked back from Africa to Join Outfit in England!!

Service

People

  • John Roche

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    While on temporary assignment to North Africa, on bombing run on port at Bizerte Roche moved in for an extra, more exact run on the target. 'Ambrose II' B-24D-10-CO 41-23909 suffered hit to gas line. Roche and the crew made a dead stick landing ...

Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24109 Ready & Willing/Silver Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti Mission with the 93rd BG, pilot John R Roche, returned safely to Libya. Returned to ETO. Assigned to the 466th BG to serve as their Assembly Ship.

  • 41-23909 Ambrose II

    B-24 Liberator
    Deadstick landing near Bone, Algeria on 13 December 1942, on return from operations to Bizerta, Tunisia.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington DC/Vidalia Ga

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 11:42:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Hey and Bishop p.54 Ted's Travelling Circus by Cal Stewart pp. 49-50. Picture of Anderson p. 56, picture of pilot, copilot and 'Ambrose' p. 50

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