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41-24153

B-24 Liberator

Failed to Return - Ploesti raid 1st Aug 43, pilot 1st Lt Henry A Lasco Jr. A/C lost as a result of AA, small arms fire and enemy fighters and belly landed with 5 crew members killed. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas Wood, was killed by ground fire before the crash.
5 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2414.

Service

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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles DeCrevel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down while on Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 on TDY with 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

  • Joseph Kill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) in Romania. Shot down on 8/1/43 on Ploesti raid on TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

  • Henry Lasco

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    POW in Romania. Shot down on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153. Transferred from 66th BS 23-Sep-44 or 30-Sep-44.

  • Leonard Raspotnik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA). 8/1/43 Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 41-24153.

  • Dale Scriven

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

  • Albert Shaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while on Ploesti raid on TDY with 9thAF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

  • Joseph Spivey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

  • Harry Stenborn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY to 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153. DFC, AM, PH

  • Thomas Wood

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action (KIA) on Ploesti raid while TDY with 9th AF in B-24 'Sad Sack II' 41-24153.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Failed to Return - Ploesti raid 1st Aug 43, pilot 1st Lt Henry A Lasco Jr. A/C lost as a result of AA, small arms fire and enemy fighters and belly landed with 5 crew members killed. The tail gunner, Sgt. Thomas Wood, was killed by ground fire before the crash. 5 KIA, 4 POW. MACR 2414.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 10:26:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 09:32:54 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 09:30:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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