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Anthony L Galasso


Killed in Action on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Lady Jane' 42-40804.

He was a radio operator for the 329th 93rd Bomb Group. Sgt. Galasso lost his life in "Operation Tidal Wave", one of the most daring raids of WWII. Coming in at tree top level the 93rd attacked the Concordia-Vega oil refinery. He and his crew were on the "Lady Jane" that crashed near Ploestiori village north of the refineries, killing nine of the 10 crew members. Sgt. Galasso was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on this mission. The 93rd earned Presidential Unit Citation.



  • 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 Pennsylvania, USA 26 December 1920
Lived in Allegheny County, PA, USA 1942
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 13 August 1942
Killed in action Ploieștiori 107071, Romania 1 August 1943
Buried 4 October 1950

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: 12, Site: 5425


Date Contributor Update
30 August 2019 11:46:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 01:40:06 466thHistorian Changes to service number, awards, events, person associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:03:50 AAM AAM ingest

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