41-24026 Baby

Object Number - UPL 15173 - B-24 Liberator #41-24026 'Baby' 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid aborting before target.

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Francis E Weisler, aborting before the target.
21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling rards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the cockpit trying to level the plane, now in a spin, so the rest of the crew could bail out. Lt Minnich waved us all out with his right arm as he leveled the plane for a few moments. Only 3 survived the bail out. 8 KIA 3 POW. MACR 377.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth 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: 36427842
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: O-676754
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: 11095333
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: 18142958
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15087605
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner

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 344th BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Francis E Weisler, aborting before the target.

Other

Failed To Return FTR

Cancello CR, Italy 1943-08-21 21st Aug 43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshaling rards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt Minnich and Lt Cook were still in the cockpit trying to level the plane, now in a spin, so the rest of the crew could bail out. Lt Minnich waved us all out with his right arm as he leveled the plane for a few moments. Only 3 survived the bail out. 8 KIA 3 POW. MACR 377.

Revisions

Date28 Feb 2017 12:01:12
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Added connections to units as given here: http://www.b24bestweb.com/baby-v3-1.htm

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