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41-28640

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania with Meriwether Jones crew; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 8 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 4387

Service

Units

  • 742nd Bomb Squadron
  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...

People

  • William Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Richard Bodwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Victor Boffa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Roger Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Meriwether Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • James Philbin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Leon Seman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Wounded by 20mm cannon shrapnel and burnt in fire. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387...

  • Francis Wooldridge

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Vilas Yttri

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned San Giovani, Italy 1943

Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Dracesti, Romania 21 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania with Meriwether Jones crew; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 8 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 4387

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2020 18:42:21 Kickapoo Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Ploesti The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943 -- James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 09:19:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28639525
http://www.b24bestweb.com/raunchy-v2-1.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/raunchy-v2-2.htm
http://www.b24bestweb.com/raunchy-v2-3.htm

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