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41-24015

B-24 Liberator

Failed to Return - Lost near the target Ploesti, 1st Aug 43. Reported that the plane was afire as pilot 1st Lt George W Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out. 7 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 2410.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Michael Cicon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 44BS, 66BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on 1st August 1943 in Romania while on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2410 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Gotts

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Jacob Gradwohl

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Harold Kretzer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Frederick Palmer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Elvin Phillips

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • Bernard Traudt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War. Shot down on 1st August 1943 on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Wing Dinger' 41-24015.

  • George Winger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed on 1 August 1943 on raid to Ploesti while TDY to the 9th AF. ...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti, Rumania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Lost near the target Ploesti, 1st Aug 43. Reported that the plane was afire as pilot 1st Lt George W Winger bravely climbed steeply up so that crew could bail out. 7 KIA, 2 POW. MACR 2410.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 12:25:33 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 12:21:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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

MACR 2410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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