41-23788 - Avenger

First Lieutenant Robert C. Peterson of the 44th Bomb Group in the cockpit of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23788) with the aircraft's dog mascot: Pilot-Officer "Rusty". A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse, however this has been removed. Handwritten caption on reverse of print: '44BG B-24 Liberator Avenger showing 19 fighter claims and 18 bomb markings including Ploesti. 123788 I.' On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp]. Associated News Story: 'Pilot Officer "Rusty" - dog of many mi

Object Number - FRE 3455 - First Lieutenant Robert C. Peterson in the cockpit of the B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23788, Avenger, with the aircraft's dog mascot : Pilot Officer...

The B-24D named, Avenger, flew on the bombing mission to Ploesti, Romania, and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya. RTB. 1 Aug 1943.

Later, after returning to the U.K. with most of the 8th Air Force, Pilot Parker H. Jones was flying, Avenger, back to England after sustaining flak damage on a mission over Bremen, Germany, and crash landed on the first open space he found available. The plane exploded and burned upon landing in a minefield on the beach at the mouth of the river, Humber, off Skeffling, East Riding, Yorkshire, U.K. 4 POW - 6 KIA. 16 Dec 1943. MACR 4709.

- The wrecked airplane was salvaged. 29-30 Dec 43.

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Units served with

  • 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 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38194491
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-669980
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 68th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11012152
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39826843
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner; Assistant Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner

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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

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Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 A/C flew on the Ploesti mission, returned safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43.

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 68th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. TDY 9th Air Force in North Africa, for Operation Tidal Wave.

Manufactured

Skeffling, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU12, UK 1943-12-16 Pilot Parker H. Jones coaxed the damaged A/C back to England, Belly landed on first open space available, exploded, and burned. 16 Dec 43 in a minefield on the beach in the mouth of the river Humber, off Skeffling, East Riding, Yorkshire, after a mission to Bremen. 4 POW 6 KIA. MACR 4709.

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 09:58:11
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Date7 Mar 2022 09:18:13
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Date9 Apr 2015 20:24:55
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