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42-40662

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #42-40662 'Black Magic' 415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dwight D Patch, returning safely to Libya. Later shot down by Me 110 on Regensburg-Obertruabling mission 22nd Feb 44, pilot Donald E Malas. Crash site Lhenice, Czech. 10 POW. MACR 2588.

Crew: 1st Lt Donald E Malas Pilot, 2nd Lt Erwin N Brady Co pilot, 1st Lt Horace L Williams Nav, 1st Lt Charles H Hawley Bombardier, T/Sgt Jesse C Hart Radio, T/Sgt Merl Q Vanderhoof Flight Eng, S/Sgt Saul Schwartz Top Turret, S/Sgt Ralph V Tropeano Waist gun, S/Sgt John G Brinkman Tail gun, S/Sgt Wladyslaw C Dabek Waist gun.

Service

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dwight D Patch, returning safely to Libya.

Failed To Return FTR Lhenice, Czech Republic 22 February 1944

shot down by Me 110 on Regensburg-Obertruabling mission 22nd Feb 44, pilot Donald E Malas. 10 POW. MACR 2588.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

415th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2015 09:53:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2588 / http://www.freewebs.com

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