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42-40781

B-24 Liberator

Hit by AA on the approach to target White IV, Ploesti, bomb bay area was set on fire. Large part of the left tail fin and rudder were shot away. The LWG and Engineer were severely wounded. The aircraft was seen banking to the right turning before the target in a climb. The Engineer bailed out successfully from 300 Ft. Thereafter A/C was seen to stall and crash near Chitorani. 9 KIA, 1 POW.
MACR 327.

1Lt Roy C. Harms Pilot KIA;
2Lt. Albert W Stahl Navigator KIA;
2nd/Lt. William Harth Jr Bombardier KIA;
2Lt. Earl Ferguson Co Pilot KIA;
T/Sgt. Michael Doka Gunner KIA;
T/Sgt Ralph E.J.Richardson Radio Op KIA;
T/Sgt Jack J. Reed, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner POW.
TSgt John Shufritz Gunner KIA;
SSgt Arnold M Holen Gunner KIA;
SSgt Winfield V. Long Tail Gunner 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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Michael Doka

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781.

  • Earl Ferguson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Roy Harms

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • William Harth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. Harth’s name is recorded on the Tablet of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery. As of November 2017, the remains of William Harth have...

  • Arnold Holen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781 DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Winfield Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. ...

  • Jack Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781.

  • Ralph Richardson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • John Shufritz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

  • Albert Stahl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 1 August 1943 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Hells Angels' 42-40781. DFC/ AM/ PH

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) Chițorani 107112, Romania 1 August 1943

Hit by AA on the approach to target White IV, Ploesti, bomb bay area was set on fire. Large part of the left tail fin and rudder were shot away. The LWG and Engineer were severely wounded. The aircraft was seen banking to the right turning before the target in a climb. The Engineer bailed out successfully from 300 Ft. Thereafter A/C was seen to stall and then crash near Chitorani. 9 KIA, 1 POW. MACR 327.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

329th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2019 14:07:12 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 09:50:37 Al_Skiff Changes to events and person associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 15:55:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database.

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

MACR 327 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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