41-23779 4q2

Object Number - UPL 14897 - B-24 Liberator #41-23779 '4Q2' 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya. A/C later sent...

A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.
A/C later sent to attack V1 launch sites in the Pas de Calais, France ( code No Ball ).
There was no flak over the target, but the enemy sent about 20 fighters up. The 44th BG shot down eight of these. Unfortunately, the 67th Squadron lost one aircraft. Plane crashed near Grandcamp, France. Me109 and Fw190's carried out head on attack, '4Q2' was hit in #2 engine and sent into a downward glide, exploding shortly thereafter, 3 chutes were seen, one alight. 2 POW 8 KIA MACR 2362

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Units served with

The 'semiofficial' insignia of the 44th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35371803
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38139230
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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)

Grandcamp, France 1944-01-14 A/C sent to attack V1 launch sites in the Pas de Calais, France ( code No Ball ). There was no flak over the target, but the enemy sent about 20 fighters up. The 44th BG shot down eight of these. Unfortunately, the 67th Squadron lost one aircraft. Plane crashed near Grandcamp, France. Me109 and Fw190's carried out head on attack, '4Q2' was hit in #2 engine and sent into a downward glide, exploding shortly thereafter, 3 chutes were seen, one alight. 2 POW 8 KIA MACR 2362

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 A/C flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, returning safely to Libya.

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Revisions

Date10 Apr 2015 17:05:59
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:01
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 2262 / MACR 2362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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