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42-40102

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D named, Old Baldy, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF. Aircraft was lost, Failed To Return (FTR), with Lt. John J. Dore Jr.'s crew, after the bombing mission over Ploesti, Romania. Old Baldy, was shot down and lost near it's bombing target, the Astra Romano refinery complex, code named, White IV.

As Lt. Dore's B-24, Old Baldy, approached White IV, at 200 miles an hour and at a very low altitude, he took a direct hit by a Romanian manned 88mm flak gun directly in front of him and about thirty feet below him, and caught on fire. As he continued into the smoke and fires at White IV, now, hopelessly on fire from the wings back. Lt. Dore, emergency toggled his bombs into the fire below, and pitched his plane upward in a bid to gain some altitude. The plane started to fall off on the right wing, hit the ground, and slid into the 88 flak gun beyond the refinery fence in a huge ball of flames, killing, both, the entire airplane's, and the flak gun's crews.

In Roger Freeman’s “The Ploesti Raid: Through the Lens” book, page 128, the author succinctly states: “…flown by 1st Lieutenant John J. Dore, Jr. and crew of 10, briefed to fly slot No. 5 on the left side of Flight 4, attacking, White IV, Dore started being hit by flak, and took the direct hit from an 88mm flak gun directly in his path, and caught fire. Reportedly, Lt. Dore, knowing his situation was hopeless, deliberately crashed his doomed bomber into the 88mm Romanian manned gun emplacement ahead of him that had made the kill shot into his B-24, Old Baldy, a few miles beyond the refinery. Six members of the enemy gun crew, Lt. Dore, and all nine airmen in Dore's bomber were killed in the crash. Only four bodies were identified." 4 Killed in Action (KIA). 6 Missing In Action (MIA). 1 August, 1944. MACR 223.

Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th 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 Buchanan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Missed the Ploesti oil refinery due to dysentery. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Dore

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. John J. Dore, Jr. was assigned as Command Pilot to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF. B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The airplane and crew were lost near their target at Ploesti, Romania, shot down by flak and...

  • Joseph Finneran

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Joe Fenneran was assigned to the 9th Air force. the the 98th Bomb Group, and the 345th Bomb Squadron, USAAF, as Bombardier on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, Lost, shot down over Ploesti. Took a direct flak hit from 30 feet or less from a Romanian...

  • Worthington Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Worthington Alfred Franks was a B-24 navigator assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, shot down over Ploesti, Romania, hit by an AA direct hit from a Rumanian 80 mm...

  • Ray Gleason

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Ray Gleason was assigned as a gunner to the 345th BS, the 9th BG, in the 9th AF, USAAF, in the B-24D, Old Baldy, 42-10402. Sgt. Gleason and his entire crew were killed In Action, KIA, over it's target at Ploesti, Romania. It was hit by an 88mm AA...

  • Joseph Iosco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 42-40102 Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223 Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Wesley Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Wesley Jones was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in Lt. John Dore's crew, as Tail Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy. The aircraft was lost, shot down by flak near the target, White IV,...

  • Max Lower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator/Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    T/Sgt. Max Lower was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in WWll. He was the Radio Operator/Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40102, Old Baldy, on Operation Tidal Wave over the Ploesti oil refineries. His...

  • Frank Norris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Filght Engineer | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40102 'Old Baldy' Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH.

  • Stanley Packer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Dore crew. Gunner on B-24 42-40102, Old Baldy, lost near the target at Ploesti. AA hit aircraft point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. All crew were Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 223. ...

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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
Assigned Libya 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Lost near the target, Ploesti, AA hit point blank at 30 feet or less from a Rumanian 80 mm. Pilot 1st Lt John J Dore. 10 KIA. MACR 223.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 08:49:42 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 223

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 13:47:01 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

The Ploesti Raid: Through the Lens - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 13:39:11 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

The Ploesti Raid : Through the Lens - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 09:19:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2020 16:59:16 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and media associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/29418724
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/oldbaldy3.htm

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2020 21:20:45 Hendry Changes to person associations
Sources

Joseph Finneran was my friends uncle, he is on the B-24 LIBERATOR Old Baldy and was the Bombardier. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dpaa.mil%2FNews-St...

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 11:21:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 223

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