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42-40544

B-24 Liberator

Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, landed near Izmir, Turkey, pilot Robert C Mooney, crew interned.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • Eber Ayers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Garrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Orville Garrett

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Landed in Izmir, Turkey, while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse', Interned (INT). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gerrits

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, landed his A/C in Izmir, Turkey despite his wounds, where he and the crew where interned. INT ...

  • Elvin Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Aaron Leibowitz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alex Lubin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Wounded in Action (WIA), Interned INT ...

  • Robert Mooney

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY with 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 42-40544 'Hitler's Hearse'. A/C and crew interned Izmir, Turkey. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: DSC, AM, PH.

  • Eugene Spencer

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 567BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544 1-Aug-43; pilot killed by flak, C/P landed A/C in Izmir, Turkey, Interned INT ...

  • Rockly Triantafellu

    Military | General | Lead Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Interned in Turkey, landed in Izmir, Turkey, while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hitler's Hearse' 42-40544. ...

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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
Failed To Return FTR İzmir, Turkey 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, landed near Izmir, Turkey, pilot Robert C Mooney, crew interned.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 18:50:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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