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41-23722

B-24 Liberator

- NOTE : The B-24D, 42-23722, named, Bomerang, should not be confused with the B-24D, 42-40115, named, Boomerang, which was also based in Britain. Boomerang was shot down and lost on the Ploesti mission. FTR. 1 Aug 43.

The B-24D, 42-23722, Bomerang, was also originally based in Britain, but in the 93rd Bomb Group. It flew on the 93rd Bomb Group's maiden mission, 9 Oct 1942, and sustained the worst battle damage of the ten Liberators damaged on that mission, with over 200 holes in the plane. Due to shortages of B-24 parts in the U.K. early in the war, common practice dictated, 41-23722, was to be cannibalized to repair other aircraft, but the aircraft's crew chief, Master Sergeant Charles Chambers, adamantly refused to scrap his plane, and the aircraft was saved with the support of the pilot, Lieutenant John Stewart.

Bomerang, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave by Pilots Lt. Roy G. Martin and Col. Luther Smith Bird, both of whom, survived the mission to return with their plane, safely to Benghazi, Libya. RTB. 10 RTB. 1 Aug 1943.

Bomerang, became the first B-24D Liberator of the 8th Air Force to complete it's 50 mission total, qualifying to be sent home from combat. On completion of the aircraft's 53rd mission on, 4 Apr 1944, General Ted Timberlake visited the plane and crew at Hardwick, U.K. for their "50 Mission" going away party.

On 17 April, 1944, Bomerang, flown by Walter Stewart, returned to Fort Worth, Texas, and embarked on a national war bond tour, returning to the U.S. with its crew led by Col. Walter Stewart, with Lt. Royden Lebrecht in, The Squaw, and Lt. John Young in, The Blue Streak.

Bomerang's Crew On The Ploesti Mission :

Roy G. Martin - Pilot
Luther C. Bird - Copilot
Donald R. Dahl - Copilot
James W. Reid - Navigator
Jack M. Roach - Bombardier
Charles R. Molina - Top Turret Gunner
George H. Kelly - Waist Gunner
Herschel W. Dodd - Waist Gunner
Francis A. Sullivan - Ball Turret gunner
Robert O. Sparks - Tail Gunner
Harry A. Strand - Engineer

When Bomerang's crew arrived back at the 36th Street Airport, Miami, Florida, for it's bond tour, it's crew members were:

Col. Walter Travis Stewart - Pilot
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. William N. Ford

Service

Aircraft

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    B-24 Liberator
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  • 42-40115 - Boomerang

    B-24 Liberator
    This B-24D, 42-40115, in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bomb Group, and named, Boomerang, should not be confused with the B-24D, 41-23722, which was named, Bomerang, not, Boomerang. ...

  • 41-23722 - Bomerang

    B-24 Liberator
    - NOTE : The B-24D, 42-23722, named, Bomerang, should not be confused with the B-24D, 42-40115, named, Boomerang, which was also based in Britain. Boomerang was shot down and lost on the Ploesti mission. FTR. 1 Aug 43. ...

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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine 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 the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. He flew on 23 combat missions and took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti, flying the B-24D Liberator, 41-23722, named, Bomerang. Returned...

  • 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 | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    TSgt. Ralph Carroll was assigned as a waist gunner to the 330th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. he flew 25 combat missions. He flew on the famous Ploesti mission in aircraft, 41-24109, Ready & Willing - The Silver...

  • 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

  • Herbert Daly

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 April 1943 in B-24 #41-23983. Some crew members had baled out when the plane exploded blowing some crew clear. Daly was killed in his turret. DFC, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

  • 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

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in briefly in March 1943, then returned in June 1943 remaining until the end of the war and...

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943

Temporary Duty with 9th Air Force.

Ploesti Survivor Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Survivor of 1 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
15 May 2022 17:46:44 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com/bomerang1.htm

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20 March 2022 14:08:25 decwriter Changes to description
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Updated crew for the Ploesti mission to include Lt. Donald R. Dahl as Copilot per 93rd BG sortie report for 1 Aug 1943.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2022 11:17:26 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40115 - Boomerang

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18 March 2022 11:11:55 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Details added, word spacing. - Kickapoo

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18 March 2022 09:42:01 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Best Web - B-24 - Bomerang

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05 December 2021 10:48:27 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Punctuation, details changed. - Kickapoo

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05 December 2021 10:38:28 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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05 December 2021 09:15:34 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23722 - Boomerang - ( not : Bomerang )

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2021 10:07:30 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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Name spacing. - Kickapoo

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18 November 2021 06:46:27 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Punctuation, spelling errors corrected. - Kickapoo

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26 August 2021 07:16:08 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23722 - Bomerang

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26 August 2021 07:10:13 Kickapoo Changes to markings, description and unit associations
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23722 - Bomerang

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10 August 2021 14:14:24 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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Account of 41-23722's first mission in ' The Mighty Eighth', Roger Freeman, p20

Edited biography for coherence and relevance, transferring content not applicable to the history of the aircraft to other records as required, and changing all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2021 06:40:47 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Word spacing, punctuation, for clarity and accuracy - Kickapoo

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06 August 2021 04:47:09 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Word changes, punctuation - Kickapoo

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03 August 2021 08:02:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill - Note: Error on p. 209. 41-23722-C's name is mistakenly listed as, "BOOMERANG". It was named, BOMERANG. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2021 16:15:46 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-23722 - BOMERANG

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29 July 2021 16:06:48 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and markings
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Best Web - B-24 - BOMERANG -

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Best Web - B-24 - 'Bomerang'

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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