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42-40606

B-24 Liberator

Richard A Larson crew flew this plane on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returning to Libya.

Shot down by an Me 109G-6 flown by Uffz. Fritz Willinger of JG 3/12 on August 16, 43 near San Fele, Italy. 5 KIA, 5 POW MACR 2451

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...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Barnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

  • Robert Bonham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Steve Bugyie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Assistant Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 506BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Anson Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

  • Hugo Dunajecz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40370. ...

  • Richard Fisher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

  • Robert Grow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

  • Henry Klingle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying in B-24 Liberator 42-40606.

  • Ralph Knox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Prisoner of War (POW). On August 16, 1943, was shot down in 'Timba-A-Ah' ac # 42-40606 on a mission to Foggia, IT while temporarily assigned to the 9th AAC. . 5 crew members became Prisoner of War (POW)s and 5 were Killed in Action (KIA).

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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

Richard A Larson crew flew this plane on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti mission, returning to Libya.

Failed to Return (FTR) 85020 San Fele PZ, Italy 16 August 1943

Shot down by an Me 109G-6 flown by Uffz. Fritz Willinger of JG 3/12 on August 16, 43 near San Fele, Italy. 5 KIA, 5 POW MACR 2451

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 13:43:28 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2451

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 13:37:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 2451

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2451 / MACR 3559 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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