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41-23810

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in Aug 1943. The B-24D, Tarfu, was flown on the mission by Command Pilot Lt. Earl C. Hurd, and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43.

Later, Tarfu, was shot down and lost on a mission over Kiel, Germany. It was hit by flak splinters, severing the flight controls, causing a complete loss of control of the aircraft. Tarfu, crashed southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. 4 Jan 44. 6 KIA. 4 POW. MACR 8342

Statement from TSgt. Thomas J. Adams :
"Our plane, Tarfu, crashed after the control cables had been severed by AAA flak explosive rounds. The plane immediately stalled, pitched down and went into an uncontrollable spin. There was not much time to get out. Therefore, those of us in good condition could not help the wounded men that could not help themselves. The aircraft crashed 2 KM southwest of Suderschmedeby, south of Flensburg, Germany. 4 Jan 44. MACR 8342

B-24 Targets : Targets of Opportunity - Kiel, Germany.
Missing Air Crew Report Details : USAAF MACR 8342 :
Date Lost : 4 Jan 44
Serial Number : 41-23810
Aircraft Model : B-24D
Aircraft Letter : S
Aircraft Name : Tarfu
Cause Of Loss : Aircraft hit by flak - crashed - 6 KIA. 4 POW.
Note : The B-24D's assignment on this mission was to bomb targets of opportunity, while the B-17s attacked the Kiel port area. The 93rd Bomb Group lists 1 ship lost and failed to return on this date. FTR

B-24D, 41-23810, Tarfu, was piloted by Lt. Earl C. Hurd, with a different crew, on Operation Tidal Wave, over Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 43.
The aircraft was later shot down over Germany and failed to return (FTR). 6 KIA - 4 POW. 4 Jan 44. MACR 8342

Crew for Operation Tidal Wave on B-24D - 41-23810 - Tarfu

1st Lt. Earle C. Hurd - Pilot
2nd Lt. Allan F. Rabinovitz
2nd Lt. Rex S. Walker
SSgt John M Larsen - Gunner
SSgt. Charles K. Gordoni
Sgt. Cornelius Pas
Sgt. Frank E. Perkins, Jr
TSgt. Thomas J. Adams

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-23810 - Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, in Aug 1943. The B-24D, Tarfu, was flown on the mission by Command Pilot Lt. Earl C. Hurd, and returned safely to...

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya. ...

  • Joseph Clements

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

  • Roy Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

  • Merrill Demas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt. Merrill Demas flew on the low level Ploesti mission aboard the B-24D, Tarfu, as the tail gunner. He came home with shrapnel in his back from this mission. He was first assigned as a waist gunner, then, later, was a tail gunner for his remaining...

  • Thomas Dick

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810. ...

  • Thomas Gilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-23810.

  • Charles Gordoni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY with 9AF USAAF. Radio Operator on B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu' on 4th Jan 1944 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby...

  • Earl Hurd

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Co-Pilot / Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Earle Clifford Hurd was assigned to 329th Bomb Squadron, the 92nd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, and flew as the command pilot of the B-24D, 41-23810, Tarfu, on the Ploesti oil refinery...

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing at the RAF station of Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. All crewmembers, including Pilot Leon C. Packer, survived on B-24 #41-23674. ...

  • John Larsen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-24 #42-23810 'Tarfu'. Target was Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. PH

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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...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returned safely to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) Flensburg, Germany 4 January 1944

Aircraft shot down and lost on the Jan 4, 1944, mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak, damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, Germany, south of Frensburg, Germany. 4 Jan 44. 6 KIA - 4 POW. MACR 8342

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 10:17:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 8342

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2022 04:13:26 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Added names, details. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2022 03:59:41 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23810 - Tarfu

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2022 14:05:43 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2022 04:44:38 Kickapoo Changes to events
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2022 15:47:16 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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MACR 8342

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 23:45:09 Kickapoo Changes to description, aircraft associations, unit associations and place associations
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Details added. Letters, spelling - spacing - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 22:49:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 21:51:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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FindAGrave Memorial - John M. Larsen

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2021 21:28:43 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23810 - Tarfu

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 19:00:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 8342

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

MACR 8342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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