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42-40664

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, named, Teggie Ann, 42-40664, should not be mistaken for another of two other B-24Ds, two of three B-24Ds, 41-23754, and 41-11613, also named, Teggie Ann, that were in the 8th Air Force in the U.K in 1942-43. Later, 42-40664, Teggie Ann's, name was changed to, Little Lady.

And the B-24D, 42-40664, should not be mistaken for the third B-24D, named, Teggie Ann, in the 8th Air Force, the B-24D, 41-11613, named, Florine Juju, Liberandos, and, Teggie Ann, and last named, The Blue Streak. It was also in the 8th Air Force, and the 376th Bomb Group. The Blue Streak, had a long, amazing, and successful combat history, but did not fly on the 1943 low level Ploesti mission. It was sent home to Fort Worth, Texas, in the U.S. in late in 1943, for a nationwide war bond tour 1944, flown by Lt. John S. Young and his crew.

The B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, named, Honey Chile, Liberandos, and, Teggie Ann, was in the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bomb Squadron. It flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the August 1, 1943, bombing mission over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, and was flown by Element Group Leader, Col. Keith K. Compton, with Mission Commander, Gen. Uzal Ent, who ordered his pilot, Col. Compton to turn away from Ploesti at his first (and wrong) IP (Targovisti) and fly toward Bucharest, which Compton did. Col. Compton, eventually, did turn back to the north and west toward Ploesti, but he never did bomb his assigned target at Ploesti, nor did he lead the planes and men following him to their targets. But, instead he dropped his bombs harmlessly over the hills north of Ploesti. He and his crew, including Gen. Ent, returned to base (RTB) at Benghazi, Libya, unharmed. Aug 1, 1943.

This B-24D, 42-40664, Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann, later being flown by pilot, Lt. Donaldson B. Hurd, was shot down by a German fighter on a mission over Foggia, Italy. Lt. Hurd and his crew bailed out of their B-24D, Teggie Ann, and survived the mission. Teggie Ann, crashed at Melfi, Italy, and Failed To Return (FTR). The entire crew was able to bail out successfully and were captured. 10 (POW). The shoot down was credited to Unteroffizier Martin Muller in a Bf-109G-6 from JG 3/12. Aug 16, 1943. MACR 298.

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Units

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

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  • Angelo Aspesi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Angelo Aspeci was assigned to the 515th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and TDY to the 9th Air Force. He was a crew member on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, flown by Col. K.K. Compton on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission,...

  • Keith Compton

    Military | Lieutenant General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer | 376th Bomb Group
    Keith Karl Compton was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, in the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command. He flew as the Element Lead Aircraft's Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent, the Ploesti Mission...

  • Harry Crampton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Harry W. Crampton, was assigned as a radio operator on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, in the 515th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force from Britain, temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in Benghazi, Libya, for...

  • Donald Emaus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Gunner on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann. Shot down by enemy fighters over Foggia, Italy. 16-Aug-43. 10 POW. MACR 298. Awards: DFC, AM (5 OLC), GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (4 x battle stars).

  • Uzal Ent

    Military | Major General | Commanding General | 376th Bomb Group
    Uzal Girard Ent was an American Army Air Force officer who served as the commander of the 9th Air Force and subsequently the 2nd Air Force during World War II. He flew as mission commander on the Aug 1, 1943, Ploesti oil refinery raid, Operation Tidal...

  • John Farnam

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 376th Bomb Group
    TechSgt. John Keys was assigned to the 515th BS, 376th BG, and 8th Air force in Britain, TDY to the 9th AF, in Benghazi North Africa, for, Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti, Romania, on Lt. Don Hurd's crew. He was the Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner...

  • Alfred Farrington

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 376th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Scott Farrington served as a tail gunner with the 515th Bombing Squadron of the 376th Bomb Group. He flew on Lt. Donaldson Hurd's B-24D, Dopey Goldberg, on the Ploesti bombing mission. 1 Aug 1943. ...

  • Kermit Hansen

    Military | Captain | B-24 Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    Peter Hanson was assigned to the 515th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, USAAF, in Lt. Donaldson Hurd's crew. He was the navigator of the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, the lead B-24D attacking Rome, July 1943. ...

  • Donaldson Hurd

    Military | Captain | B-24D Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Lt. Donaldson B. Hurd was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 515th Bomb Squadron, in the Middle East. He was in Benghazi, Libya for the Ploesti mission. Lt. Hurd flew the B-24D, 42-40319, Dopey Goldberg, on Operation Tidal...

  • Leonard Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer | 376th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Leonard Pate was the flight engineer on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, in the 515th BS, 376th BG, detached (TDY) to the 9th AF. He flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. RTB. 1 Aug 43.

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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

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

  • Lete

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 'Honey Chile' 515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF a participant of the 1st Aug Ploesti raid. Survived the raid to return to base at Benghazi, Libya.

Failed To Return FTR 85025 Melfi PZ, Italy 16 August 1943

Shot down by enemy aircraft in later raid, 16th Aug 43 over Foggia, Southern Italy, pilot Donaldson B Hurd, MACR 298.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

515th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

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Date Contributor Update
15 May 2022 17:16:54 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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USAAF Photo / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 298

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11 May 2022 05:31:44 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill ----- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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11 May 2022 05:30:19 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill ----- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill ----- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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11 May 2022 05:20:08 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, markings, description, aircraft associations and unit associations
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill ----- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August, 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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29 December 2021 02:29:51 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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29 December 2021 02:21:22 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and unit associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

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29 December 2021 02:01:21 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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28 December 2021 20:17:33 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Details added. - Kickapoo

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09 October 2021 03:54:10 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Teggie Ann

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09 October 2021 03:48:48 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Added names and details. - Kickapoo

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Details added. - Kickapoo

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09 October 2021 03:33:04 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - 41-11613 - Florine Juju - Liberandos - Teggie Ann - The Blue Streak

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25 August 2021 13:45:59 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24D, 41-23754, Teggie Ann, later changed to, Little Lady

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2021 13:44:43 Kickapoo Changes to description and aircraft associations
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B-24D, 41-23754, Teggie Ann, later changed to, Little Lady. - Kickapoo

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22 August 2021 04:10:43 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Teggie Ann

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22 August 2021 02:31:49 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Info correction ( for my mistake) for accuracy . Word spacing. - Kickapoo

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Wording. Information. - Kickapoo

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22 August 2021 02:19:50 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Teggie Ann

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22 August 2021 02:15:42 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664 - Teggie Ann

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05 August 2021 01:54:03 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40664

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14 February 2021 11:12:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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14 February 2021 11:09:47 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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14 February 2021 11:07:22 Kickapoo Changes to description and aircraft associations
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

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14 February 2021 10:52:09 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan - Carroll Stewart

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27 April 2020 05:31:32 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday ~ Michael Hill ~~~~ Into The Fire ~ Duane Schultz

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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Description" to aid clarity & consistency.

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11 February 2020 15:02:54 Emily Changes to nicknames
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12 August 2019 21:28:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 21:25:39 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 21:23:09 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 21:12:58 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The fire - Duane Schultz

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 20:55:07 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 20:00:57 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 19:51:00 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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12 August 2019 19:48:08 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into the fire - Duane Schultz

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22 May 2019 22:00:43 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 19:21:54 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
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USAAF Photo / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 298

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 16:59:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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USAAF Photo / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 298

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