41-11896 Nightmare

Object Number - UPL 15138 - B-24 Liberator #41-11896 'Nightmare' 343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya.

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot Lt. Col. Julian M. Bleyer, returning safely to Libya.
Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, pilot Herman E Stephens - 7 KIA / 3 POW MACR 463

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: O-678663
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-222423 / 1782A
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: 38186096
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Events

Event Location Date Description

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, pilot Lt. Col. Julian M. Bleyer, returning safely to Libya.

Other

Failed To Return

67039 Sulmona AQ, Italy 1943-09-03 Shot down on 3rd Sep 43 mission to bomb Sulmona, Italy marshaling yards, pilot Herman E. Stephens - 7 KIA / 3 POW MACR 463

Revisions

Date20 May 2022 19:08:38
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date28 Apr 2021 08:58:10
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 41-11896

Date20 Feb 2018 14:05:11
Contributordecwriter
Sources

Bleyer was a Lt Col on the Ploesti raid.

Date20 Feb 2018 14:02:20
Contributordecwriter
Sources

Bleyer was a Lt Col on the Ploesti raid.

Date21 Nov 2016 04:54:29
Contributor466thHistorian
Date17 Apr 2015 15:14:20
ContributorAl_Skiff

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