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42-40735

B-24 Liberator

Pilot 1/Lt Horton, Robert W. KIA, Co-Pilot 2/Lt Hull, Charles T. KIA
Navigator 2/Lt Krug, Richard B. KIA, Bombardier 2/Lt Emerson, Elwood H. KIA
Engineer S/Sgt Steen, Zerrill J. POW, Radio Sgt Smith, Jack E. KIA
Waist T/Sgt Herlevic, Frank A. KIA, Waist S/Sgt Lambert, James V. KIA
Tunnel Sgt Kauffmann, Robert P. KIA, Tail S/Sgt Smith, Mack H. KIA

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. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 566th Bomb Squadron

    566th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Constituted 566th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Dec. 1942. Activated on 24 Dec. 1942. Inactivated on 13 Sept. 1945. Campaigns: Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe; Air...

People

  • Elwood Emerson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735

  • Frank Herlevic

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Robert Horton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to the 9th AF during the Ploesti Raid, flying the B-24, 'Sand-witch' (42-40735).

  • Charles Hull

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Robert Kauffman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735

  • Richard Krug

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • James Lambert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' #42-40735.

  • Jack Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Mack Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

  • Zerrill Steen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid on 8/1/43 in B-24 'Sand-witch' 42-40735.

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) Rumania 1 August 1943

Hit by Flak over Ploesti and crashed, Campina, Romania. Pilot Robert W Horton. All crew bar Flt Eng POW, were KIA. MACR 156.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 14:46:26 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 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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