41-11921 Northern Star, Doc

Object Number - UPL 14301 - Nose art of B-24 Liberator, 41-11921, Northern Star / Doc, in the 343rd Bomb Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, in the 9th Air Force, flew on the ...

This aircraft, 41-11921, was originally assigned to the 8th Air Force and the 376th Bomb Group in England, in 1942, and carried the name, Northern Star, and it's corresponding nose art on both sides of the nose. In the spring of 1943, Northern Star was temporarily detached to the 9th Air Force and flew to Benghazi, Libya, to train for the large bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania, in early 1943. In order to comply with a "Snow White Squadron" directive, the plane's name, Doc, and a picture of Walt Disney's Snow White character, "Doc", was painted on the left side of it's nose. Northern Star - Doc, was a participant in the low level Ploesti mission of Aug 1, 1943, flown by the Glen Underwood crew. It was (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 343rd Bomb Squadron, when it flew on the mission to destroy the Romanian oil refineries at Ploesti. The aircraft successfully bombed it's target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya, despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria. August 1, 1943. The ship was operational until Nov 30, 1943.

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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: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11044165
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 06896401
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34197435
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19005800 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

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...

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Survived Ploesti raid

Benghazi, Libya 1943-08-01 B-24 Liberator 41-11921 Northern Star - Doc - 343 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF, flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria.

Assigned

Libya 343th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 19:43:57
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11921 - Northern Star - Doc

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11921 - Northern Star - Doc

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Black Sunday-Ploesti - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11924 - Northern star - Doc

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date21 Apr 2021 02:14:57
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Best Web - B-24 - '41-11921' - 'NORTHERN STAR / 'DOC'

Date29 Mar 2015 14:55:50
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Date29 Mar 2015 14:45:50
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