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42-40612

B-24 Liberator

The B-24D, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, over the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, flown by Command Pilot Lt. Enoch M. Porter and Copilot Lt. Joe Boswell. Just after dropping it's bombs, Euroclydon The Storm, took two direct flak hits. The first one exploded the two extra 400 gallon long range bomb bay gasoline tanks. Then, they took a second explosive hit in the aircraft's nose area. The airplane exploded into a blowtorch of flames in the bomb bays. The two pilots, badly wounded by the second flak hit, were, possibly, unconscious or dead because the bombardier, "Red" Franks could not get any reaction from them by reaching back and pulling on their legs. Yet, the plane was seen pitching up, and climbing up to about 300 feet before it broke apart in mid air before crashing in flames into a school at Plopu, Romania. Two of the crew's gunners, SSgt. Charles Reed, SSgt. James Vest, and Navigator, Jesse "Jack" Warner, all survived bailing out of the burning plane and were taken prisoner. 3 POW. "Jack" Warner bailed out but was so badly wounded from hitting the ground with a partially opened parachute that a Romanian doctor had him placed, initially, with those already dead, or as good as dead. After "Red" Franks tried to get a response from the two pilots by pulling on their legs, he turned to Jack Warner and barely saved Warner's life by pushing his friend out of the nose gear hatch before he jumped out. "Red" was killed when his own chute failed to fully open before he hit the ground. 1 KIA. Lt."Red" Franks had given the edge he had on living, to his friend, Jack Warner, who was badly injured by hitting the ground with only a partly open chute, but survived. Two more gunners, probably the two waist gunners, were seen to jump, but were killed when their chutes failed to open in time. 8 KIA. 3 POW. 1 Aug 43. - MACR 6465

The Crew Of, Euroclydon The Storm, on Operation Tidal Wave :

1st Lt. Enoch M. Porter, Jr - Pilot - KIA

1st Lt. Howard Dickson - Gunnery Trainer/ Replacement Volunteer Gunner - KIA

1st Lt. Joe E. Boswell - Copilot - Intelligence Observer - KIA

1st Lt. Jesse D. "Red" Franks, Jr - Bombardier - KIA

1st Lt. Raymond "Jack" Warner - Navigator - POW
2nd Lt. John F. Minogue - Observer - Waist Gunner - KIA

TSgt. Frank C. Ferrell - Waist Gunner - KIA

TSgt. Bernard R. Lucas - Radio Operator - KIA

SSgt. Earl L. Frost - Gunner - POW

SSgt. Charles Reed - Waist Gunner - KIA

SSgt. James Vest - Tail Gunner - POW

Service

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joe Boswell

    Military | Lieutenant | B-24 CoPilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Joe Boswell flew as a flight observer / copilot on the B-24D, named, Euroclydon The Storm, on Operation Tidal Wave, to Ploesti, Romania. He was Killed in Action (KIA) on the mission while on TDY to the 9th Air Force for the Ploesti raid in the B...

  • Howard Dickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Gunnery Instructor/Observer/Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Howard L. Dickson was a ground personnel Air Gunnery Instructor, not cleared as a flight officer. Yet, he desperately wanted to be part of the hugely important, but dangerous, mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. So, when...

  • Frank Ferrel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt. Frank Ferrel was the Top Turret Gunner in the B-24D, in the B-24D, named, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612. He was Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to the 9th Air Force for Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the oil refineries at...

  • Jesse Franks

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Jesse "Red" Franks, Jr. was killed in action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th Air Force on the Ploesti bombing mission when his assigned B-24D, Eurocyldon The Storm, 42-40612, was shot down and crashed in flames from low altitude. Two of the crew,...

  • Earl Frost

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    B-24 Gunner SSgt. James Frost was killed in action. KIA, while TDY to 9th Air Force for Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to Ploesti in his assigned B-24D, Eurocyldon The Storm, 42-40612. Only two crewmen survived bailing out and were taken...

  • Bernard Lucas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    SSgt. Bernie Lucas was the Radio Operator on the B-24D, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612, on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania. He was on TDY to the 9th Air Force for that mission over Ploesti. He was Killed In Action (KIA) when, Euroclydon The...

  • John Minogue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer; Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    2ndLt. John Minogue was an observer and gunner on the B-24D, named, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612, Killed in Action while on TDY to the 9th Air Force for Operation Tidal Wave , the Ploesti Romanian oil refineries mission. 1 Aug, 1943 DFC/ PH

  • Enoch Porter

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    1st Lt. Enoch Marvin Porter Jr. ...

  • Charles Reed

    Military | Sergeant | B-24 Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Sgt. Charles A. Reed, was a waist gunner on the B-2D, Euroclydon The Storm, 42-40612. His plane was shot down on Operation Tidal Wave, and he was able to bail out successfully. He was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was one of only two of the...

  • James Vest

    Military | Sergeant | B-24 Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Sgt. James Vest from the 8th Air Force in Britain, was the tail gunner on the B-24D, 42-40612, Euroclydon The Storm, on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania. The Euroclydon, on temporary duty (TDY) to the 9th AF for the Ploesti mission, was hit by...

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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...

Places

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

  • Mellaha

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Plopu 107405, Romania 1 August 1943

Took direct hit from AA prior to target igniting Tokyo tanks. A/C was seen attempting to climb to 300 Ft then broke in mid air before crashing in flames over a school at Plopu. Three of the crew were taken POW. Bombardier bailed out but parachute failed to open. Its believed that 2 gunners also jumped with failing chutes. 8 KIA 3 POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 10:01:22 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2022 08:40:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
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MACR number changed to, 6465. - Kickapoo

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05 March 2022 08:31:10 Kickapoo Changes to markings
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Added details. - Kickapoo

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05 March 2022 08:29:10 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and place associations
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz - pages 123, 124

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05 March 2022 04:58:18 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire-Ploesti - Duane Schultz - p. 123, 124

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05 March 2022 03:15:51 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Find-A-Grave Memorials - Lt. Enoch M. porter

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28 February 2022 23:31:56 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schults - Pages 123 - 127

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28 February 2022 23:23:25 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz - Pages 123 - 127

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Into The Fire - Duane Schultz

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Details added. - Kickapoo

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Wording, word spacing. - Kickapoo

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Wording changes. - Kickapoo

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27 February 2022 19:27:05 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Wording changes. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2022 10:37:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description and unit associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2022 23:44:49 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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26 February 2022 23:42:43 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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04 October 2021 01:03:41 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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04 October 2021 00:56:36 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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04 October 2021 00:09:45 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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03 October 2021 23:33:02 Kickapoo Changes to description
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Spacing. Details. - Kickapoo

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03 October 2021 23:09:42 Kickapoo Changes to production block number, markings and description
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2021 23:07:12 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames and description
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 19:25:14 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
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Added finish per image.

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03 March 2020 19:11:57 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:31:41 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:25:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 16:23:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
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AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
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MACR 332 / MACR 6465 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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