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42-40803

B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator #42-40803 564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Richard B Smith, returning safely to Libya.
Converted to Carpetbagger before squadron codes (SC) were displayed and assigned to 492nd BS, 801st BG / 856th BS, 36th BG with RCL P. Salvaged after left main landing gear collapsed while taxiing at Harrington on 2 Mar 45.

Service

Units

  • 36th Bomb Group
  • 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...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 564th Bomb Squadron
  • 856th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Carl Ahola

    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,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Curtis Callahan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Richard Coleman

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803. ...

  • Walter Crosby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • James Kofoed

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Gerald Kuhlmann

    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 42-40803.

  • Adelbert Lemke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Michael Lesho

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Gilbert Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943,in B-24 Liberator 42-40803.

  • Richard Smith

    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 42-40803.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Richard B Smith, returning safely to Libya.

Crashed Harrington, AAF 179 2 March 1945

Taxiing accident, left main landing gear collapsed, Harrington, England, damaged Cat 3, pilot Ralph R Cooper 856BS, 492BG, 8th AF.

Crashed Harrington, AAF 179 11 May 1945

Landing accident Harrington, England, damaged Cat 4, pilot William G McKee 36BS, 801BG, 8th AF.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

564th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Assigned Harrington AAF 179

Converted to Carpetbagger before squadron codes (SC) were displayed and assigned to 492nd BS, 801st BG / 856th BS, 36th BG with RCL P.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 10:01:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
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