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41-11921

B-24 Liberator

This aircraft, 41-11921, was originally assigned to the 8th Air Force and the 376th Bomb Group in England, in 1942, and carried the name, Northern Star, and it's corresponding nose art on both sides of the nose. In the spring of 1943, Northern Star was temporarily detached to the 9th Air Force and flew to Benghazi, Libya, to train for the large bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania, in early 1943. In order to comply with a "Snow White Squadron" directive, the plane's name, Doc, and a picture of Walt Disney's Snow White character, "Doc", was painted on the left side of it's nose. Northern Star - Doc, was a participant in the low level Ploesti mission of Aug 1, 1943, flown by the Glen Underwood crew. It was (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bomb Squadron, when it flew on the mission to destroy the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti. The aircraft successfully bombed it's target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya, despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria. August 1, 1943. The ship was operational until Nov 30, 1943.

Service

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

  • Clement Badeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Clement Badeau was assigned to the 344th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in North Africa. He was in Lt. Glen Underwood's crew in the B-24D, 41-11921, Northern Star - Doc, and flew with them on the Ploesti bombing...

  • Francis Beatty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters...

  • Henry English

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters...

  • Jean Gambrill

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc' 343BS, 98BG, 9AF, flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria. ...

  • Robert Judy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Bombardier of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters...

  • Rexford Rhodes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over...

  • Edward Rothkrug

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. 80 x combat missions in European and Pacific Theatres of Operation. ...

  • Ernest Sestina

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters...

  • Glen Underwood

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Glen Underwood was the pilot of the B-24D, 41-11921, Northern Star, and, later, ...

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
Survived Ploesti raid Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943

B-24 Liberator 41-11921 Northern Star - Doc - 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria.

Assigned Libya

343th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2021 06:49:27 Kickapoo Changes to markings
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 41-11921 - Northern Star - Doc

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2021 06:02:57 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11921 - Northern Star - Doc

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2021 05:36:27 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2021 04:34:16 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11924 - Northern star - Doc

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 03:13:42 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 02:56:51 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 02:45:29 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 02:14:57 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 14:55:50 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
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USAAF Photo.

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 14:45:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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USAAF Photo.

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