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B-24 Liberator

Equipped with radar and was used in a sea search role early in its career and may have been operated by other than the 343rd BS.
Converted back to a bomber and served in that role with the 343rd from 3rd Mar 43 through approximately 30th May 43 during which time it's name was changed to 'Sneezy' in compliance with the Snow White Squadron directive.
By 1 Aug 43 A/C had been transferred to the 344th BS and was flown on the low level Ploesti mission by the Donald Johnson crew.
It's operational career ended 23 Feb 44.
Assignments: "S" in 343rd from 13 Mar thru 30 May 43 and "I" in 344th from 1 Aug 43 thru 23 Feb 44.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb 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...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb 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...


  • Donald Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-24 42-23795 'Sneezy' flew on the 1 Aug 43 low level Ploesti mission. Returned safely to Libya.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Assigned Benghazi, Libya 3 March 1943

343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 30 May 1943

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

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

1 Aug 43 A/C was flown on the low level Ploesti mission by the Donald Johnson crew. Returned safely to Libya.

Retired from Operations Benghazi, Libya 23 February 1944

Operational career ended 23 Feb 44.


Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 13:16:13 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings

Marchese; B'24 Liberator PMD

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 15:05:27 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 11:54:05 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations