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41-11620

B-24 Liberator

- The B-24D aircraft, 41-11620, Edna Elisabeth, was originally assigned to the British, as Plane BA9 #13a. It was also in the Halpro Group.
It was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bomb Squadron, with the squadron number, 16, and the RCL M. It was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group just in time to start out in, but did not complete or participate in the low level Ploesti mission. Flown by the James Haverty crew, it was assigned to the 98th Bomb Group's Flight 5. The plane turned back early, soon after takeoff and leaving the African coast to cross the Mediterranean Sea. None of the major Ploesti historical works recognize Lt. Haverty, who was on loan to the 98th Bomb Group from the 93rd Bomb Group or, the plane, Edna Elizabeth, as participants in the Ploesti mission. Haverty's navigator, Frederick Mueller, confirms that they did start out on the mission. The crew chief, Lee Bendt, in the 343rd Bomb Squadron, lost his airplane, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, 42-40364, on the Ploesti mission and soon thereafter, he took over, Edna Elizabeth, as his airplane. Edna Elizabeth almost caused Lt. Bendt's ground crew to mutiny after seven consecutive wing fuel tank changes were needed to stop a fuel leak. A runaway prop governor stopped Lee Bendt's first attempt to send, Edna Elizabeth, on a combat mission. 22 Sep 43. Later, the plane did return to the U.S. for reclamation. 1st Lt. Sam R. Oglesby, Jr. ferried, Edna Elizabeth, to the U.S. and was it's pilot on 13 of the 23 combat missions it flew, including it's last one, to Tobruk, Libya. 20 Oct 1942. It is probably on that date that it suffered the nose wheel collapse and went to a depot for repairs to be completed for it's ferry flight. The airplane ended up at the Project 19 Depot in Gura, Eritrea, where it was repaired and repainted, resulting in a slight alteration of the lettering style in the name, but still was named, Edna Elizabeth.
The airplane was transferred to the 98th Bomb Group just in time to start out flying on the low level Ploesti mission. 1 Aug 43. It was reported to have been flown by, both, the James Haverty crew and by Lt. Sam Oglesby and his crew, assigned to the 98th Bomb Group's Flight 5. But, because the pilot, plane, and crew turned back early from the mission, none of those men, or their airplane, Edna Elizabeth, are counted as participants in Operation Tidal Wave, because, in reality, none of them did participate in the mission due to an early mechanical turnback. 1 Aug 43.

Note : Lt. Sam R. Oglesby Jr's daughter wrote in a 2003 posting that her father was, Edna Elizabeth's, pilot on Operation Tidal Wave. 1 Aug 43. The plane turned back early, soon after leaving the African coast to cross the Mediterranean. None of the major Ploesti works recognize Lt. James Haverty and crew, on loan to the 98th Bomb Group from the 93rd Bomb Group, or Sam Oglesby and his crew, or, Edna Elizabeth, as participants in the Ploesti mission for having aborted the mission. Haverty's navigator, Frederick Mueller confirms that they did start out on the mission, but aborted.

Note : The Crew Chief, Lee Bendt, in the 343rd Bomb Squadron, lost his airplane, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 42-40364, on the Ploesti mission and later took over, Edna Elizabeth. The airplane continued to be a mechanical problem ship and almost caused Bendt's ground crew to mutiny when seven consecutive changes of the wing fuel tank were needed to stop a fuel leak. A runaway prop governor stopped Bendt's first attempt to send, Edna Elizabeth, on another combat mission, and the plane was again consigned to a service depot for repair.
Though it was reported that, Edna Elizabeth, did not fly any combat after 22 Sep 43, it did return later to the USA for repair and reclamation.

Note : It is not clear if the B-24D with 54 as it's squadron nose number, is a picture of Edna Elizabeth, or her replacement, aircraft, 41-24024.

Edna Elizabeth Missions Flown :
Mission # Date AC # Letter : Target : Pilot :
1 75 11/15/1942 54 Q Tobruk Libya - George McGuire
2 77 11/21/1942 54 J Tripoli Libya - William Dwyer
3 78 11/26/1942 54 Q Tripoli Libya - John Medford
4 80 11/29/1942 54 Tripoli Libya - Therman Brown
5 82 12/ 7/1942 54 Q Tripoli Libya - Cecil Patterson, Jr
6 83 12/11/1942 54 K Naples Italy - Martin Walsh, Jr
7 84 12/16/1942 54 Q Sfax Tunisia - Delbert Hahn
8 85 12/20/1942 54 Q Sousse Tunisia - George Whitlock
9 89 1/ 7/1943 54 Q Palermo Sicily - Delbert Hahn
10 90 1/ 8/1943 54 Q Bizerte Tunisia - Delbert Hahn
11 92 1/16/1943 54 Q Tripoli Libya - Sam Oglesby
12 95 1/31/1943 54 Q Messina Sicily - James Brereton
13 96 2/02/1943 54 Q Palermo Sicily - Sam Oglesby

Possible additional missions :

14 102 3/ 1/1943 54 Q Naples Italy - Norman Appold
15 103 3/ 3/1943 54 Naples Italy - Delbert Hahn
16 104 3/13/1943 54 Q Naples Italy - Edwin Gluck

Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24024 - Bewitching Witch

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator aircraft, 41-24024, named, Bewitching Witch, in the 376th Bomb Group in the U.K. It was loaned to the 44th Bomb Group, temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission...

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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...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 1st Provisional Group

    1st Provisional Group

    Group
    The 1st Provisional Group was established on 20 July 1942 at Lydda. It brought together the existing 9th Bomb Squadron and the Hal Bomb Squadron, which were operating the Middle East.

  • 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...

  • 512th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leland Abbey

    Military | Lieutenant | gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    trans from 492nd BG

  • James Haverty

    Military | Major | B-24 Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. James Haverty has been reported as the pilot who flew the B-24D, 41-11620, named Edna Elizabeth, on the low level Ploesti mission, assigned to the 98th Bomb Group's Flight 5. However, no historical records on the 98th Bomb Group count any pilot,...

  • Frederick Mueller

    Military | Captain | Navigator; Radar | 482nd Bomb Group
    Italian Campaign, Pathfinder Group (482nd), Led 'Big Week' of 2/20/44-Jimmy Stewart Wing Man, Berlin (5/6/44) led 1st massive raid, D-Day (6/6/44) led 8th AAF Dawn Raid prior to landings. Pathfinder Sword and half Juno for 1st AD. Bombed Caen. Jointly...

  • Sam Oglesby

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Sam Russell Oglesby Jr. ...

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

Started on the low level Ploesti mission, flown by the Sam R. Oglesby Jr. crew, assigned to the 98th's Flight 5. The plane turned back early, soon after leaving the African coast and is not counted as having flown the mission. 1 Aug 43.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

343rd Bomb Squadron - 98th Bomb Group - 9th Air Force - 512th Bomb Squadron
376th Bomb Group - 8th Air Force

Unserviceable

Mechanical problems almost caused Lee Bendt's ground crew to mutiny when seven consecutive changes of the wing fuel tank were needed to stop a fuel leak.

Unserviceable

A runaway prop governor stopped Lee Bendt's first attempt to send, Edna Elizabeth, on a combat mission, The plane was again consigned to a service depot for repair.

Crashed Gura, Eritrea

The airplane's crashed because of a nose wheel collapse. It went to a depot for repairs to be completed after it was prepared for a one time ferry flight. The airplane ended up at the Project 19 depot in Gura, Eritrea, where it was repaired and repainted.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 09:50:31 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 08:13:09 Kickapoo Changes to description
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 07:27:24 Kickapoo Changes to description
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 07:24:14 Kickapoo Changes to description
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armyaircorps-376thbg.com

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 23:44:03 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41- 11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 06:09:39 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 00:32:48 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2022 00:22:57 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, markings, description and events
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2022 23:49:43 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 08:16:49 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 07:57:09 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11620 - Edna Elizabeth

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 07:23:28 Kickapoo Changes to description, events and unit associations
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Added details. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2022 06:42:40 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, description and events
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http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/oglesby_sam_r_crew.html ---- --- http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/41-11620_edna_elizabeth.html

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2017 15:38:47 ED-BB Changes to description, events and unit associations
Sources

Exchange of mails in 2003 with Col. Sam R. Oglesby Jr's daughter Melody in which she wrote that her Father was pilot, of "Edna Elizabeth" on the 1 August 1943 Ploesti mission.
* http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/oglesby_sam_r_crew.html
* http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/41-11620_edna_elizabeth.html

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 04:55:57 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames, unit associations and place associations
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http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_9.html

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 22:44:19 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.freewebs.com

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 20:53:58 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://www.freewebs.com

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