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41-11636

B-24 Liberator

'WASH'S TUB' # 41-11636 was originally a Halpro aircraft #24, then, was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group before being sent to 376th Bomb Group. Flown by Lt. James Bock's crew on the low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania - August 1, 1943. During this plane's 15 months in the Middle East: Flew 73 missions, Dropped 219 tons of bombs, 551 hours in combat, Shot down 22 fighters, Flew 100,000 miles.

The B-24D, Liberator bomber first named, 'WASH'S TUB' - # 41-11636 - was first flown by Martin Walsh and was, first, in the "Halverson Project' in 1942 in the 9th Air Force. It was later transferred to the 8th Air Force, the 376th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bomb Squadron ~ It took part in and survived "Operation Tidal Wave" to Ploesti, Romania. August 1, 1943. One of the 376th Bomb Group's "Liberandos" commanded by Col. Keith K. Compton of St, Joseph, MO. It flew 551:35 hours in combat, shot down 22 enemy fighters, and flew nearly 100,000 miles. Originally, 'WASH'S TUB' was a HALPRO aircraft, then transferred to the 9th Air force's 98th Bomb Group before reassignment to the 8th Air force's 376th Bomb Group and the 514th Bomb Squadron as 'Liberandos' '63'. It flew on the Ploesti mission. Aug 1, 1943. Redeployed to the US on Sept. 13, 1943, for a War Bond Tour and became a personal and training aircraft for it's original pilot, Martin Walsh, with the number '636' on the nose.
Martin Walsh, the original HALPRO pilot, who took 'WASH'S TUB' overseas in May of 1942, told how, many years ago, after he completed his North African tour, he was assigned to the Pueblo Army Air Base as an instructor. When he arrived at the base, he spotted his old airplane sitting forlorn and forgotten in a remote area of the field, where it had been abandoned after its war bond tour. He was able to commandeer the necessary people and parts to put the plane back in shape, and used it as his own personal hack for the rest of his time at Pueblo. Nobody else would fly such an "ancient B-24", but Walsh said, "It still flew like the champion it was!". The plane was scrapped in Nov. 1946.
www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm
Info Contributors - Tom Brittan - Al Blue - Martin Walsh, the original HALPRO pilot.

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Aircraft

  • 41-11636 'Wash's Tub' 'Liberandos' '67' '24' '63' '636'

    B-24 Liberator
    'WASH'S TUB' # 41-11636 was originally a Halpro aircraft #24, then, was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group before being sent to 376th Bomb Group. Flown by Lt. James Bock's crew on the low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania - August 1, 1943. During this...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations. ...

People

  • 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...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Events

Event Location Date
Ploesti Survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flown by the James Bock crew on the August 1, 1943 low-level mission to Ploesti, Romania.

War Bonds Tour United States September 1943

Aircraft was returned to the U.S. in September 1943 for a War Bond tour and was then used for a training aircraft.

Scrapped 19 November 1946

Scrapped at Spokane, WA. Nov. 19, 1946.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

514th BS, 376th BG, 8th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:43:37 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com/washstub4.htm - Stephan Adams - James A Leddy - Tom Brittan - Al Blue

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:35:20 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com/washstub4.htm - Stephan Adams - James A Leddy - Tom Brittan - Al Blue

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:28:09 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

B-24D - 'WASH'S TUB' - 'LIBERANDOS' - '24 - '67 - '636' - '63' - SN # 41-11636

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 10:11:01 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2021 22:43:54 Kickapoo Changes to markings, aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations
Sources

www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2021 21:59:49 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Tom Brittan - Al Blue - Martin Walsh - www.b24bestweb.com/washstub5.htm

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 13:58:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

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