41-23717 Exterminator

Object Number - UPL 51804 - B-24D - "Exterminator "- RCL - H - 41 23717

The B-24D Liberator, Exterminator, serial number 41-23717, originally flew with the 329th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group and was later transferred to the 93rd's 330th Bomb Squadron, in March 1943. The first mission with the 330th Bomb Squadron was on 1 May 1943. The aircraft was flown throughout the war by pilot 1st Lieutenant Hugh R. Roper and was later lost in a mid-air collision while returning from Ploesti on 1st August 1943. MACR 334 Transferred from the 329th Bomb Squadron (RCL = P) to 330th BS (RCL = H) mid-to-late Mar 43

First 330th Bomb Squadron mission : 1 May 43
Change to RCL = H once it was in North Africa for the Ploesti mission
Lost in mid-air collision returning from Ploesti. 1 Aug 43

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Observer

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

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Rumania 1943-08-01 Lost in mid-air collision returning from Ploesti.

Other

Transfered from 329th to 330th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 13:52:26
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM database.

Date17 Aug 2021 13:13:53
ContributorEmily
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Changed all instances of aircraft name into sentence case to as per best practice for accessibility.

Date17 Aug 2021 08:09:03
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - EXTERMINATOR

Date17 Aug 2021 07:49:29
ContributorKickapoo
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date17 Aug 2021 07:37:40
ContributorKickapoo
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Punctuation spacing changes. - Kickapoo

Date17 Aug 2021 07:27:40
ContributorKickapoo
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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

Date11 Mar 2015 18:38:18
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM database.

Date14 Jan 2015 13:54:54
Contributorrossingtonj
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection, see b24bestweb.com for more pictures of the crew and aircraft: http://www.b24bestweb.com/exterminator-v1-2.htm

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:01
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 334 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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