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41-24040

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, 41-24040, What's Cooking Doc ? - Big Operator, started out on Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to bomb the Ploesti oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Hoover Edwards. Aircraft aborted near the island of Corfu with turbo supercharger problems.

The plane was converted to a transport aircraft. 17 Aug 43.

What's Up Doc ?, was attacked and shot down by German ME-110's and 109s. Lost over Sulmona, Italy. 4 KIA - 6 POW. 3 Sept 1943.

Operation Tidal Wave Crew:
Pilot - Hoover Edwards -
Copilot - Homer S. McCollom -
Albert J. Mickish -
Bernard M. Boullioum - Gene J. Colley -
Dale R. Colley - Raymond Waters -
John S. Alesaukas -
Vernon C. Utter -

On September 3, 1943, What's Cooking Doc, would fly it's last mission. The mission was supposed to be a routine one, over Sulmona, Italy. But on the way to the target, the B-24D, What's Up Doc? - Big Operator, was attacked by JU-88’s and ME-110’s with cannons and rockets. What's Up Doc? - Big Operator, took several direct and devastating flak hits. It pitched over into a dive, fell into a flat spin, and crashed. Six crewmen, including the bombardier, who had survived Ploesti mission in the B-24D, Hail Columbia, Lt. Harold Korger, successfully bailed out, and were captured (POW). Korger earned the first of his two Caterpillar Club pins for successfully bailing out of his airplane. He hit the ground hard and was injured, but survived. He was arrested by the Italian police and held in several German and Italian prison camps for the next two years, 1943 to 1945. Four of the crew were killed. Six were captured. Sept 3, 1943. 6 POW - 4 KIA

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Aircraft

  • 41-24040 - What's Cooking Doc ? - Big Operator

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24040, What's Cooking Doc ? - Big Operator, started out on Operation Tidal Wave, the mission to bomb the Ploesti oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Hoover Edwards. Aircraft aborted near the island of Corfu with turbo supercharger problems. ...

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. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...

People

  • Harold Korger

    Military | Colonel | B-24 - B-52 Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Harold Francis Korger was a bombardier in the 344th Bombardment Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, based in Benghazi, Libya. He flew on the B-24D, Hail Columbia, with Group Leader Col. John R. Kane, on the famous mission,...

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...

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Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti. Aborted mission. Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Started out on the Ploesti oil refinery mission piloted by Lt. Hoover Edwards. Aborted near Corfu with turbo supercharger problems and retuned to base (RTB). 1 Aug 43

Converted 17 August 1943

Converted to a transport on 17 Aug 43.

Crashed Sulmona 3 September 1943

On September 3, 1943, What's Cooking Doc, would fly it's last mission. The mission was supposed to be a routine one, over Sulmona, Italy. But on the way to the target, What's Up Doc ? - Big Operator, was attacked by JU-88’s and ME-110’s with cannons and rockets. The plane took several direct and devastating hits. It pitched over into a dive, fell into a flat spin, and crashed. Six crewmen, including the bombardier who had survived Ploesti, Lt. Harold Korger, successfully bailed out and were captured (POW), earning Korger the first of his two Caterpillar Club pins. He hit the ground hard and was injured, but survived. He was arrested by the Italian police and held in several German and Italian prison camps for the next two years, 1943 to 1945. Four of the crewmen were killed. Sept 3, 1943. 6 POW - 4 KIA

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24040 - What's cooking Doc ? - Big Operator

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togetherweserved.com - Korger Harold Francis, Col.

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togetherweserved.com - Korger Harold Francis, Col.

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togetherweserved - Korger, Harold, Col.

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-24040 - Big Operator

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FindaGrave Memorial ---- Into The Fire -- Duane Schultz ---- Black Sunday -- Michael Hill

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18 April 2015 23:08:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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