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42-40660

B-24 Liberator

B-24D-85-CO - 42-40660 - 9th Air Force - 376th Bomb Group - 513th Bomb Squadron - RCL - A/56.
The B-24D Liberator, 42-40660, named, "Little Richard", was attached to the 9th Air Force, from the 376th Bomb Group, and the 513th Bomb Squadron. It flew as lead ship for the 376th Bomb Group on the Ploesti bombing mission, piloted by Lt. Dean E Lear. Returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. Aug 1,1943
"Little Richard"'s Ploesti Crew:
Sgt. Grosse
Sgt. Bale
Sgt. Johnston
Sgt. Masterson
Sgt. Hoover
Lt. George A. Lascurettes
Lt. Kenneth D. Hamilton
Pilot 1st Lt. Wayne V. Friberg
CoPilot Lt. Richard F. Hurd.

"Little Richard", 42-40660, was lost on a bombing mission to Italy. Pilot Wayne V. Friberg ditched in the Mediterranean Sea. - 7 KIA / 2 POW / 1 RTD. . Navigator Kenneth D Hamilton survived ditching and spent 18 hours in the sea. Aug 19, 1943. MACR 324

Crew - Aug/19/1943
1st Lt Wayne V. Friberg Pilot 1st Lt Richard F Hurd Co Pilot, 2nd Lt George A Lascurettes
Bombardier, 2nd Lt David O Schoocraft
Gunner, Lt. Kenneth D Hamilton Navigator, T/Sgt Woodrow W Johnston Engineer, T/Sgt Jewett A Bale Radio Operator, S/Sgt Parke L Hoover Gunner, S/Sgt John J Masterson
Gunner, S/Sgt Albert Grosse

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • John Gekas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 376th Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

  • Dean Lear

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-24 Liberator #42-40660 'Little Richard' 513rd BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew lead A/C for 376th BG on 1st Aug Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

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 as lead ship for 376th BG on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid piloted by Dean E Lear, returning safely to Libya.

Failed To Return FTR Mediterranean Sea 19 August 1943

Lost on 19th Aug 43 to Italy, ditched in Mediterranean, Pilot Wayne V Friberg - 7 KIA / 2 POW / 1 RTD. MACR 324. Navigator Kenneth D Hamilton survived ditching and spent 18 hours in sea.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 15:28:59 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com / http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 324

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2021 23:31:22 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Name spacing - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2021 23:18:49 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40550 - LITTLE RICHARD

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2021 08:11:32 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40660'

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2021 08:05:06 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Best Web - B-24 - '42-40660' ------ The Great Ground-Air Battle Of August 1,1943 - James Dugan - Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2020 07:59:01 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
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Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 -- James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2015 11:42:03 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.b24bestweb.com / http://www.freewebs.com / http://www.findagrave.com / http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 324

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