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42-40751

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #42-40751 later named 'Touch of Texas' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William J Denton, returning safely to Libya.

1st Lt Eldon Neil Colby flew 'Touch of Texas' on his first mission as a Pilot, after being the Co-Pilot on his original aircraft 'The Oklahoman' (42-40738). He was flying alongside 'The Oklahoman' in 'Touch of Texas' when it was hit by a direct burst of flak, carrying the Mason Crew, who normally flew in 'Fightin Sam' (42-40506). The aircraft was blown apart, with Mason being the sole survivor (POW).

Landing accident at Hethel/Sta 114 on return from mission to bomb V1 site at Siracourt, France, sustained Cat 5 damage damaged beyond repair, Pilot Samuel E Blessing. A/C written off.

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Aircraft

  • 42-40738 'The Oklahoman'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator bomber, SN #42-40738, named 'The Oklahoman' was in the 566th Bomb Squadron, the 389th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air Force from Britain. The pilot, Lt. Jack Martin, who named 'The Oklahoman', was, appropriately, from Tosamingo,...

  • 42-7766 'HEAVY DATE'

    B-24 Liberator
    Shown with 1st Lt. Eldon Neil Colby (Pilot - standing far right), who flew this aircraft on 8 missions, including the one he was shot down in by ME-110's near the France/German border, on a raid to Ludwigshafenon, Dec 30, 1943. CoPilot Taylor was KIA,...

  • 42-40751 'Touch of Texas'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #42-40751 later named 'Touch of Texas' 567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William J Denton, returning safely to Libya. ...

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 567th Bomb Squadron

    567th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945 ...

People

  • Samuel Blessing

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Overshot the the approach and ran off the end of the runway and collapsing the nose wheel upon return from a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 11 Feb 1944 in B-24D #42-40751 'Touch of Texas'. RTD. Earlier as co-pilot, 19 July 1943 while TDY to 9th AF...

  • Leonard Bresnahan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Eldon Colby

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    1st. Lt. Eldon Neil Colby flew the B-24D, 'TOUCH OF TEXAS' - 8th AF - 389th BG - 566th BS, on his first mission as a Pilot, after being the CoPilot on his original aircraft 'THE OKLAHOMAN' - # 42-40738. He was flying alongside 'THE OKLAHOMAN' in ...

  • Wendell Daily

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751. ...

  • William Denton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Theodore Katz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Robert Levine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Paul Lewis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Donald Norton

    Military | Lieutenant | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

  • Paul Ohlmeyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40751.

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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...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by William J Denton, returning safely to Libya

Written Off DBR 11 February 1944

Damaged beyond repair, A/C written off.

Crashed Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk NR14, UK 11 February 1944

Landing accident at Hethel/Sta 114 on return from mission to bomb V1 site at Siracourt, France, sustained Cat 5 damage, Pilot Samuel E Blessing.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

567th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2021 18:22:41 Kickapoo Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Bets Web - B-24 - 42-40751 - 42-40738

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2015 10:40:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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