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Hal E Bilyeu

Military

Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43.

2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing. All crewmembers survived on B-24 41-23674.

Service

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...

  • 329th 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.

  • 41-23874 "Ball of Fire Junior"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 41-23674

    B-24 Liberator
    329BS / 93BG of Hardwick, Norfolk. Pilot: Packer, Leon C. Notes: landing accident. Location: RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England England. Damage (0-5 increasing damage). ...

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 Urbana, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2019 11:37:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2017 16:02:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit history;
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 51

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey pp. 51, 105 , / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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