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41-11779

B-24 Liberator

The Consolidated B-24D Liberator bomber, #41-11779, named, 'Li'l Abner', was transferred from the 98th Bomb Group to the 376th Bomb Group, and the 513th Bomb Squadron, staying in the 9th Air Force. It flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the German held oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, piloted by Hubert H. Whitlock, returning safely to Libya. Aug 1, 1943.

SN # 41-11779. The first picture shows her prior to being assigned Group Number "41". She shows 15 mission marks. The second picture was taken right after the Group number "42" was painted on her.

'Lil Abner' was destroyed on Mission 203, targeting the aircraft factory at Augsburg, Germany. On returning from the mission, the aircraft crash landed at it's home base. Pilot E. D. Thurman. Dec 19, 1943.

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron

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 Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on August 1st 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Hubert H. Whitlock, returning safely to Libya.

Crashed Benghazi, Libya 19 December 1943

Mission 203 target A/C Factory Augsburg, Germany. On returning, crash landed at it's home base, Benghazi, Libya. Pilot E. D. Thurman. Dec 19,1943.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

513th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 17:21:28 Kickapoo Changes to unit associations
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 17:01:20 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2021 16:56:18 Kickapoo Changes to production block number and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2021 02:18:23 Kickapoo Changes to description and events
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B-24 - Best Web - # 41-11779

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2021 02:04:58 Kickapoo Changes to description
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B-24 - Best Web - # 41-11779

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2015 15:44:16 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.freewebs.com / http://www.b24bestweb.com

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