42-40082 - Prince Charming

Object Number - UPL 15135 - Prince Charming, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave by Lt. Tom Bennett. Bennet turned back early in the flight in the vicinity of Corfu, Turkey, ...

The B-24D, Prince Charming, 42-40082, flew on the low level Ploesti mission, flown by Lt. Thomas W. Bennett. Bennet turned back early in the mission, in the vicinity of Corfu, and did not reach the target area. He aborted the mission because his gunner, Sgt. Livingston, was down on the floor with cramps and appeared to be very sick. All bombs were jettisoned, and they turned back to home base. 1 Aug 1943.

The "D" series, Prince Charming, was retired from combat operations and was replaced in Feb, 1944, by a "J" series, Prince Charming, 42-109802, which carried similar nose art with both, Prince Charming, nose art portraits painted by the talented painter, Sgt. Amos Nicholson. SSGT. Rudolph "Rudy" Gaydosh was the Crew Chief on both, Prince Charming, planes, and proudly claimed that none of "his" ships were lost in combat. Info Contributer - Bill Whitney

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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: 491st Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

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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...

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Prince Charming
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Flew on the 1 Aug 43 low level Ploesti mission, flown by Tom Bennett, turned back early in the vicinity of Corfu and did not reach the target area.

Other

Retired Operations

Retired from combat operations and was replaced in Feb 44.

Other

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 19:42:21
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Date5 Dec 2021 08:49:55
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Added details. - Kickapoo

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-109802 - Prince Charming

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Details added. - Kickapoo

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40082 - Prince Charming

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-109802 - Prince Charming

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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40082 - Prince Charming

Date3 Dec 2020 12:47:25
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Ploesti Sortie Reports for the 98th Bomb Group.

Date17 Apr 2015 14:38:45
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