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41-11761

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator bomber, SN 41-11761, was first named, Sleepy, and, later, renamed, The Squaw. It flew on the famous Ploesti bombing mission, returning to Cyprus, piloted by Lt. Royden L. Lebrecht. After Ploesti and and the completion of his tour, Lt. Lebrecht and his crew returned with The Squaw to Fort Worth, Texas, USA, for a war bond tour.

The B-24D, Sleepy, later, The Squaw, was in the 9th Air force - the 98th Bomb Group (The Pyramiders) - and the 343rd Bomb Squadron. THE SQUAW was flown on the Ploesti mission by Lt. Royden LeBrecht, and returned safely to Nicosia, Cyprus, providing cover for a group of the 98th's flak damaged stragglers, Hail Columbia, and Benny Hadley's plane, Hadley's Harem, which was running short of fuel and engine oil and crashed just off the Turkish coast trying to ditch in the ocean, killing Lt. Hadley and all but two of his crew. Aug 1, 1943. The Squaw, flown by LeBrecht and his crew, with The Blue Streak, and Bomerang flown respectively, by Lt. John Young, and Major Walter Stewart, all returned to Fort Worth, Texas after the Ploesti mission for a war bond tour. 1944

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24226 Joisey Bounce / Utah Man

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24226, "Joisey Bounce", was assigned to Pilot Col. Walter T. Stewart of the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force, for the large mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. Col. Stewart changed his...

  • 41-11825 Hail Columbia - Little Chief Big Dog - Grumpy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Hail Columbia, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...

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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

  • Paul Bashis

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Crew Chief on B-24 Liberator #4111761 'The Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, recovering to Cyprus. On completion of its tour A/C, returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for a war bond tour.

  • Paul Davidson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 #4111761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress. Returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

  • John Givens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 #4111761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress. Returned to Fort Worth, Texas, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

  • John Gunnu

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Crew member B-24 #4111761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress. Returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

  • Gilbert Hadley

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24D Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Name Gilbert Ben Hadley ...

  • Adney Harmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Crew member B-24 #4111761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress. Returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

  • John Kane

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer, Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    John Riley Kane (January 5, 1907 – May 29, 1996) was a colonel in the United States Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II, for his...

  • Joe Kilgore

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Joe Madison Kilgore (December 10, 1918 – February 10, 1999) served from 1955 to 1965 as a U.S. Representative from Texas's 15th congressional district. Born in Brown County, near Brownwood in west central Texas, Kilgore attended the public schools of...

  • Clinton Killian

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co Pilot
    Co Pilot B-24 #4111761 'Little Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, diverted to Cypress. Returned to USA for war bonds tour with A/C.

  • Royden LeBrecht

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Royden Louis LeBrecht was a B-24D command pilot in the 9th Air force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. He flew his B-24D, he named, The Squaw, on Operation Tidal Wave, the large mission to destroy the German held oil refineries at...

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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

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

B-24 Liberator #4111761 'The Squaw' flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, recovering to Cyprus, piloted by Royden L Lebrecht.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF.

War Bond Tour Fort Worth, TX, USA

B-24 Liberator #4111761 'The Squaw' returned to Fort Worth, TX, USA for a war bond tour.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 13:00:20 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

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29 July 2021 16:20:02 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - THE SQUAW

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06 May 2021 05:27:06 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'Sleepy - 'The Squaw'

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06 May 2021 05:20:07 Kickapoo Changes to person associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'Sleepy - 'The Squaw'

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06 May 2021 05:14:45 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'Sleepy - 'The Squaw'

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30 April 2021 11:37:17 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'Sleepy - 'The Squaw'

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 11:05:09 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'Sleepy - 'The Squaw'

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 10:49:25 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11761 - 'The Squaw

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2021 02:27:51 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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B-24 - Best Web - # 41-11767

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2020 10:02:34 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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John S Young Jr - personal archives

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21 November 2016 04:51:38 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_18.html

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31 March 2015 18:38:12 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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http://texashistory.unt.edu / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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31 March 2015 17:20:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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http://texashistory.unt.edu / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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