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41-23717

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator, Exterminator, serial number 41-23717, originally flew with the 329th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group and was later transferred to the 93rd's 330th Bomb Squadron, in March 1943. The first mission with the 330th Bomb Squadron was on 1 May 1943. The aircraft was flown throughout the war by pilot 1st Lieutenant Hugh R. Roper and was later lost in a mid-air collision while returning from Ploesti on 1st August 1943. MACR 334 Transferred from the 329th Bomb Squadron (RCL = P) to 330th BS (RCL = H) mid-to-late Mar 43

First 330th Bomb Squadron mission : 1 May 43
Change to RCL = H once it was in North Africa for the Ploesti mission
Lost in mid-air collision returning from Ploesti. 1 Aug 43

Service

Units

  • 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
  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ewald Becker

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Becker was a BTG on Capt. Roper's crew in B -24 'Exterminator'. On the Ploesti raid he did not fly with his crew because of being ill. the est of the crew was lost on the Ploesti Raid. This Sergeant. Becker,491st BG, may be the same Becker as the one...

  • Ted Brannon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • John Dee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt John Dee was killed in action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th Air Force for Ploesti raid in the B-24D, 4123717, EXTERMINATOR. 1 Aug 43.

  • William Defreese

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • Jack Jones

    Military | Captain | Observer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • Earl Lemoine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • Henry Lloyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • John Morel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Born on 13 April 1920, John J. Morel lived at 604 South Cherry Street, in Hammond, Louisiana. His service record lists him as single, at 5 ', 11 1/2 " tall and weighing 170 lbs at his first enlistment. At the end of his tour he weighed 160 pounds. John...

  • William Prather

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717.

  • Hugh Roper

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Hugh R. Roper was a B-24D bomber pilot from the 93rd Bomb Group, on TDY to the 9th Air Force in the MTO in 1943. He was killed in action (KIA) on the Ploesti bombing mission in the B-24D, 41-23717, EXTERMINATOR. 1 Aug 43.

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Transfered from 329th to 330th Bomb Squadron March 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Rumania 1 August 1943

Lost in mid-air collision returning from Ploesti.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 13:13:53 Emily Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 08:09:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - EXTERMINATOR

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 07:49:29 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 07:37:40 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Punctuation spacing changes. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 07:27:40 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2015 18:38:18 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM database.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 13:54:54 rossingtonj Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection, see b24bestweb.com for more pictures of the crew and aircraft: http://www.b24bestweb.com/exterminator-v1-2.htm

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 334 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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