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41-24229

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, # 41-24229, named 'Seeds of Satan and 'Buzzin' Bear' was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 67th Bomb Squadron in North Africa based at Benghazi Libya. 'Buzzin Bear' was flown by Col. William Roderick Cameron on "Operation Tidal Wave" to destroy the German oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on 1 August 1943 and returned safely to Benghazi.

Later, on temporary assignment to 9AF USAAF. 'Buzzin' Bear' was shot down over Foggia, Italy, by enemy fighters Aug 16,1943, and failed to return from the mission, with 4 x KIA 6 x POW.

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-23817 'Suzy Q'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, 'Suzy Q', flown by Pilot Lt. Robert I. Brown and commanded by Col. Leon Johnson, led the 44th Bomb Group on the Aug 1, 1943 Ploesti raid and was the most famous ship of the 67th Squadron. The plane was lost on Aug 16, 1943 on a...

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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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Cameron

    Military | Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Col. William R. Cameron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying the B-24D Liberator #41-24229, named, 'Buzzin' Bear'. ...

  • Thomas Clifford

    Military | Flight Officer | B-24 Navigator/Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. ...

  • William Dabney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 4/10/43. Trans/67 BS 4/20/43. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #41-24229.

  • James DeVinney

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. ...

  • Gola Gibbey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Gerald Grett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Frank Maruszewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Mission was the Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in 41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'.

  • Ernest McCabe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24229. ...

  • Joseph Milliner

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23779. ...

  • Leighton Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down by fighters 16 August 1943. Attack was on Foggia airfields under TDY to the 9th AAF in #41-24229 'Buzzin' Bear'. Following a bail out, captured and turned over to the Germans. POW

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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...

Places

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured San Diego, TX 78384, USA 1943

Built at Consolidated.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Shipdham, UK 1943

Assigned to 8th AF - 44BG - 67BS, USAAF

Crashed Foggia, Province of Foggia, Italy 16 August 1943

Failed To Return (FTR) mission to Foggia, Italy. Shot down by enemy fighters 16-Aug-43. 4 x KIA 6 x POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 03:33:45 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - # 41-24229

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 03:32:09 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - # 41-24229

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 03:29:45 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - # 41-24229

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2021 03:17:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'Buzzin Bear'

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2021 08:34:14 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Suzy Q'

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2021 08:32:45 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 'Buzzin' Bear'

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2020 10:06:13 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, description, events and media associations
Sources

Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Steart

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2020 09:00:30 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2020 08:58:58 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 12:28:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2016 17:30:30 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/seedso-satan1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/buzzinbear4.htm

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 12:48:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
Sources

Details added from:
MACR 15858 - http://www.fold3.com;
http://www.8thairforce.com/44thbg

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 09:40:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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