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41-23722

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator bomber, serial number, #41-23722, named, 'Bomerang' (coded D-GO-C) was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. 'Bomerang' was flown by, Col. Luther Smith Bird, who flew on and survived the large raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex, and returned safely to Libya, Aug 1, 1943. The bombardier on 'BOMERANG' on the Aug 1, 1943 mission to Ploesti was (still unknown). He was KIA along with two of his fellow crew members on another B-24 during the Osnabruck mission, Dec 22. 1943.
'Bomerang' was the first of the 8th Air Force Liberators to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, it was flown back to the States for a War Bond tour by Walter Stewart. General Ted Timberlake visited the crew at Hardwick, on April 4, 1944, for the "50 Mission" going away party. Then, after completing 53 missions, 'Bomerang' was flown back to the United States by Col. Walter Stewart for a war bond tour. April 17, 1944.

When "Bomerang's crew arrived back at the 36th Street Airport, Miami, Florida, for it's bond tour, it's crew members were :
Pilot - Col. Walter E. Stewart.
M/Sgt. George E. Ewald -
M/Sgt. Charles A. Chambers -
S/Sgt. Enos H. Lee - Lt. George G. Everhart - T. Sgt Alfred B. Bergkamp -
Lt. Wm. N. Ford - April 17, 1944

Service

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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bailey

    Military | Captain | 93rd Bomb Group
    Date of first mission 9 October 1942 (first mission of 93rd BG); total missions - 25 DFC/ Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Alfred Bergkamp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Luther Bird

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Luther Bird was assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. He flew on 23 combat missions and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti, flying the B-24 Liberator 41-23722, 'Bomerang'. Returned to base. 1-Aug-43. ...

  • Frank Blazeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Lt John Stauffacher crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1-Aug-43 aboard B-24 41-24109. Returned to ZI aboard B-24 'Bomerang' with Capt Walter T Stewart. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief / Flight Engineer | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 41-27322 'Bomerang's original crew chief, later became flight engineer. ETD Awards: AM, GC, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Maurice Cotter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 3428BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joe Cuellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on famous Ploesti mission of 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Cunningham

    Military | Captain | 384th Bomb Group

  • Roy Dahl

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23722.

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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...

Places

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF. TDY 9AF.

Ploesti Survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Survivor of the 1st Aug 43 raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya.

War Bond Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Miami International Airport (MIA), 4200 Northwest 36th Street, Miami, FL 33166, USA 17 April 1944

First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown back to the States by Walt Stewart for a War Bond tour.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2021 09:51:31 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Bomerang'

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 02:37:08 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Bomerang'

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 02:27:12 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Bomerang'

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 02:16:59 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 'Bomerang' - Info Contributor - Kent Jaquith

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2021 11:12:03 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and place associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/bomerang1.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 07:45:58 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 07:35:13 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 07:29:49 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 07:21:36 Kickapoo Changes to description
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2021 07:15:31 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill ---- The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2020 11:10:59 Kickapoo Changes to description and person associations
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personal archives - John S Young Jr

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 17:58:33 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://warbirdinformationexchange.org

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 14:44:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations
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Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2018 01:07:05 RayWells Changes to nicknames
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From various photos

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:40:41 JohnMelson Changes to media associations
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This signed photo was given to James Edward Melson, Sr. who was the plant manager at Rockwell-Marlin Bearing Company in Plainville, Connecticut. My father, Robert Melson, has it now.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 02:27:17 JohnMelson Changes to media associations
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This was given to James Edward Melons, Sr. who was the plant manager at Rockwell-Marlin Bearing Company in Plainville, Connecticut. My father, Robert Melson, has it now.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 15:16:00 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
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://warbirdinformationexchange.org

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