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42-40655

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D bomber, 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, and, Damfino, flown by Lt. Donald J. Hadcock, was assigned to the 343rd Bombing Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force.
Four Eyes was lost on Operation Tidal Wave, Ploesti Romania. Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA. Failed To Return. FTR. 1 Aug 43. MACR 174 - Pilot Lt. Lawrence Haddock

B-24D, Four Eyes - Damfino, Crew On The Ploesti Mission :

◼ William R. DeBusk :: Navigator
◼Robert C. Elliott :: Gunner
◼Zelwood A. Gravlin :: Gunner
◼Lawrence J. Hadcock :: Pilot
◼James B. Hale :: Engineer
◼Ralph D. Kolb :: Gunner
◼John E. Kraft :: Co-Pilot
◼Eugene J. O'Mara :: Gunner
◼Lawrence E. Reitz :: Radio Operator
◼Peter A. Timpo :: Bombardier - Contributor - Brendan Wood

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Aircraft

  • 42-40655 Four Eyes, Damfino

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D bomber, 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, and, Damfino, flown by Lt. Donald J. Hadcock, was assigned to the 343rd Bombing Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force. ...

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

People

  • William De Busk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Robert Elliot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • Zelwood Gravlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

  • Lawrence Hadcock

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Temp Duty (TDY) 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ploesti raid in the B-24D, 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, later, Damfino. 1 Aug 43. 10 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 ...

  • James Hale

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer / Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Technical Sergeant James B. Hale was an engineer and gunner in the B-24D, 42-40655. Damfino's first known combat sortie on 19th June 1943 to Reggio di Calibria, Italy, with his pilot, Lt. Hadcock's crew. They both flew on Operation Tidal Wave, assigned...

  • Ralph Kolb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Kraft

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, part of crew on B-24 'Four Eyes' 42-40655. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 174 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Amos Nicholson

    Military | Master Sergeant | B-24 Crew Chief - Artist | 98th Bomb Group
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  • Eugene O'Mara

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-24 Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Eugene J. O'Mara was assigned to the 343rd Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force in the USAAF. Crashed on the bombing mission to Ploesti in the B-24D, 42-40655, Four Eyes. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 174 ...

  • Lawrence Reitz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Tech Sergeant Lawrence E. Reitz was the Radio Operator/Gunner assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bombardment Squadron, flying in the B-24D, named Four Eyes. Sgt Reitz's airplane, Four Eyes, was shot down and he was killed...

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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...

Places

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benina, Libya 1943

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Failed To Return FTR Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed To Return - 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA MACR 174

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2021 09:51:39 Kickapoo Changes to description, aircraft associations and place associations
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 42-40665 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2021 00:17:25 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

HonorStates.org - Eugene J. O'Mara

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 23:24:15 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

Punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 23:07:28 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Best Web - 42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2021 04:00:47 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Punctuation, spacing spelling. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2021 20:10:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/damfino3.htm

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2016 01:00:10 Joe Poire Changes to markings
Sources

Joe Poire, from web site "Nose Art" under B24D 42-40655

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 14:04:36 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 / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 174

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