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42-40969

B-24 Liberator

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, aborting before target, pilot John W Emmons.

Landed in Switzerland after completing the bomb run on Friedrichshafen, Germany on 16 Mar 44. Crew Interned.

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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gerald Ahlquist

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew Ploesti raid on 1 Aug 43

  • Peter Boruta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    After take off for mission to ST Pol, FR on 31 Jan 1944, B-24D #42-63970 'Heavenly Daze' experienced mechanical problems and the crew baled out over England and the aircraft was shot down over the North Sea. RTD. Landed in Switzerland after completing...

  • Fred Conley

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43.

  • Joseph D'Atri

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    After take off for mission to ST Pol, FR on 31 Jan 1944, B-24D #42-63970 'Heavenly Daze' experienced mechanical problems and the crew baled out over England and the aircraft was shot down over the North Sea. RTD. Landed in Switzerland after completing...

  • Alfred Dagon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    flew on Ploesti raid of 1 Aug 43

  • Humphrey Elliott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    After take off for mission to ST Pol, FR on 31 Jan 1944, B-24D 42-63970 'Heavenly Daze' experienced mechanical problems and the crew baled out over England and the aircraft was shot down over the North Sea. RTD. ...

  • John Emmons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    1 Aug 1943, turned back over Yugoslavia due to left wing gas leak. ...

  • Irvin Hegge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group

  • Edward Hotter

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Landed in Switzerland after completing the bomb run on Friedrichshafen, GR on 16 Mar 1944 in B-24D #42-40969 'Big Noise'. Interned.

  • John Kogut

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    8th mission. After take off for mission to ST Pol, FR on 31 Jan 1944, B-24D #42-63970 'Heavenly Daze' experienced mechanical problems and the crew baled out over England and the aircraft was shot down over the North Sea. RTD. 16th mission. Damaged....

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D 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 B...

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Events

Event Location Date
Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, aborting before target, pilot John W Emmons.

Failed to Return (FTR) Switzerland 16 March 1944

Landed in Switzerland after completing the bomb run on Friedrichshafen, Germany on 16 Mar 44 in B-24D #42-40969 'Big Noise'. Crew Interned.

Assigned Benghazi, Libya

330th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 12:56:28 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 3531 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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