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42-41013

B-24 Liberator

Originally assigned to the 8th AF, the 44th BG, and the 506th BS. "Trouble", flew on the low level mission to bomb the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania (piloted by Lt. Gordon Stevens of the 44th Bomb Group). Transferred to the 389th and taken over by Lt. David Wilhite and his crew on November 13, 1943.

"Trouble" was lost on the Jan 7, 1944 mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany with Lt. David Wilhite as pilot. Captain Kenneth Caldwell was flying in the co-pilot's seat. Shot down by FW 190 fighters over Bouville, France. 10 KIA, 1 POW. MACR 1853

An account was written in the book, "Trouble", by Larry Smith

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-40629 - The Scorpion

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40629, The Scorpion, in the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission on the oil refineries, piloted by Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell and Col. Jack Wood...

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Units

  • 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...

  • 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
  • 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

  • Kenneth Caldwell

    Military | Major | B-24D Co-Pilot - Command Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Lt. Kenneth M. Caldwell from the 8th Air Force, the 389th Bombardment Group, and the 565th Bomb Squadron took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti with Col. Jack W. Wood, observing, on 1-Aug-43, flying the B-24D, 42-40629, named, THE...

  • George Caplinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilhite crew. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853 Awards: PH.

  • Wendell Daily

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator #42-40751. ...

  • Charles DeWitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilhite crew. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Samuel Flatter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilhite crew. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Clyde Fry

    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 42-41013. 22 July 1943 while TDY 9th AF, accident in Libya on a practice bombing mission.

  • Robert Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 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 42-41013. 22 July 1943 while TDY 9th AF, accident in Libya on a practice bombing mission. in B24 41-23787

  • John Huber

    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 42-41013. 22 July 1943 while TDY 9th AF, accident in Libya on a practice bombing mission. in B24 41-23787

  • James McConnell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 566BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Wilhite crew. Shot down by fighters near Orleans, France on 7-Jan-44 in B-24 42-41013 'Trouble N' Mind' Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1853 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Elmer O'Gara

    Military | 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 42-41013.

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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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Bouville, France 7 January 1944

Lost on the Jan 7, 44 mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Shot down by fighters (Fw 190's) over Bouville, France. 10 KIA, 1 POW MACR 1853

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 11:51:19 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1853

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2021 22:33:43 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 10:48:51 aquarya Changes to nicknames
Sources

Trouble per Kelsey McMillan, 389th Bomb Group Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 10:48:00 aquarya Changes to description and events
Sources

Ploesti crew manifest for 42-41013 per "The Ploesti Raid Through the Lens" by Roger Freeman, p. 55.
Name of plane "Trouble" per Kelsey McMillan, 389th Bomb Group historian.
Lt. David Wilhite crew manifests from 389th Mission Reports from November, 1943 - January 1944 from NARAII, College Park, Maryland, Record Group 18, Boxes 1891 - 1894 and 1927 - 1930.

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 11:10:39 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

TROUBLE - Larry Smith

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 11:04:30 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames, description and aircraft associations
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2020 07:24:17 Kickapoo Changes to description
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2020 07:17:14 Kickapoo Changes to nicknames
Sources

Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 09:47:51 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1853

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 09:39:20 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1853

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2015 09:36:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 1853

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

MACR 1853 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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