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41-11766

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D Liberator, bomber, 41-11766, Chug-A-Lug, was in the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force, and flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the low level mission to bomb the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, on the Ploesti mission piloted by Lt. Leroy B. Morgan. Returned to Benghazi, Libya. 1 KIA - T/Sgt. James Van Ness, and 2 WIA - 2nd Lt. Victor Larson, Navigator, and T/Sgt. Robert L. Tipton - Engineer. 1 Aug 43

Chug-A-Lug's Crew On War Bond Tour 1944 :

TSgt. Richard A. Kraham - radio operator -
SSgt. John I. White - waist gunner -
SSgt. John Martko - tail gunner -
1st Lt. Charles B. Hill - navigator -
1st Lt. John W. Childers - co-pilot -
1st Lt. Reuben J. Weltha - pilot -
SSgt. Donald F. Swanson - waist gunner -
1st Lt. Richard J. Morrow - bombardier -
SSgt. Prentice Boston - waist gunner -
TSgt. Russel T. Elkin - engineer -

Service

Units

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th 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...

People

  • Prentice Boston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. Prentice Boston was a waist gunner assigned to the B-24D, Chug-A-Lug, in the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, in the USAAF. He was part of John Childers crew. Completed his combat tour and returned to USA with, Chug...

  • John Childers

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. John William Childers was a B-24 pilot, assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, in the USAAF. He flew on Operation Tidal Wave, ...

  • Russell Elkin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    TSgt. Russel Elkin was an engineer and top turret gunner, assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, in the USAAF, on Lt. John Childers crew. He flew on Operation Tidal wave, completed his combat tour, and...

  • Charles Hill

    Military | Captain | B-24 Navigator | 98th Bomb Group
    Lt. Charles Hill was a B-24 navigator assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, in the 98th Bomb Group (The Pyramiders), in the 9th Air Force (The Force For Freedom), in the USAAF, at Benghazi, Libya. He flew on Operation Tidal Wave, completed his combat...

  • Richard Kraham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 98th Bomb Group
    Dick graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1940 where his exceptional baseball skills were noted by the New York Herald Tribune when they wrote an article about him that the "Birthplace of Baseball May Spawn Star." While working in advertising in...

  • Victor Larson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Navigator / Nose Gunner
    2ndLt. Victor Larson was the Navigator/Nose gunner on the B-24D, 41-11766, Chug-A-Lug. Lt. Larson flew on Operation Tidal Wave, over the Ploesti oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Leroy B. Morgan. Lt. Victor Larson, TSgt. Robert Tipton, and TSgt. James Van...

  • John Martko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    SSgt. John Martko was a B-24 tail gunner on the B-24D, Chug-A-Lug. He was assigned to the 345th Bomb Squadron, in the 98th Bomb Group (The Pyramiders), in the 9th Air Force (The Force For Freedom), in the USAAF, but did not fly on the Operation Tidal...

  • Leroy Morgan

    Military | Captain | B-24 Command Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Lt. LeRoy Byron Morgan was born on 12-Sep-17, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to LeRoy Ewell Morgan and Edith Sophie Sichler. He attended Colton High School. After graduation Morgan was accepted as an Army Air Force...

  • Richard Morrow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Swanson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. John Childers crew. Completed tour. Returned to USA with B-24 'Chug A Lug' for war bonds tour. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Leroy B Morgan, returning to Libya, 1 KIA / 2 WIA.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

345th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

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16 May 2022 09:11:16 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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21 April 2022 04:51:53 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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07 February 2022 12:01:05 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings and description
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08 December 2021 21:51:14 Kickapoo Changes to markings and description
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29 August 2021 13:36:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
21 November 2016 05:01:53 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, nicknames and place associations
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19 April 2015 16:01:43 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
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Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:45:04 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
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