42-40172 - Lynn Bari II

Object Number - UPL 14537 - B-24 Liberator #4240172 'Lynn Bari II' participated on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid and returned to Libya. Later lost on the night of 14-15 August 1944...

The B-24D, 42-40172, Lynn Bari II, was flown on the low level Ploesti mission, returning safely to Benghazi, Libya. 1 Aug 43.

Lynn Bari II, was lost on the night of 14-15 August, 1944, under unknown circumstances in the vicinity of Lyon, France. One crewman, waist gunner Sgt. John W. Gillikin, though badly injured, survived, and was rescued at the scene of the crash, and turned over to members of the French Resistance. He recovered from his injuries and evaded capture. 15 Aug 44. MACR 8422

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20827330 / O-408633
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron 67th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16040136 / O-411678
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 856th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716315
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 506th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38157563
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armorer; Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 856th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34457627
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Dispatcher / Tail 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

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Flown on the August 1, 1943 low-level Ploesti mission returning safely to Libya.

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Lyon, France 14 August 1944 - 15 August 1944 Lost on the night of 14-15 August 1944 under unknown circumstances in the vicinity of Lyon, France; one crewman survived. Waist gunner SGT John W. Gillikin, badly injured, was rescued at the scene of the crash and turned over to members of the Resistance. He apparently recovered from his injuries and evaded capture (MACR 8422).

Revisions

Date16 May 2022 10:04:50
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date23 Feb 2022 15:05:30
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Added details to biography, name to serial number. - Kickapoo

Date25 Aug 2021 12:14:38
ContributorKickapoo
Sources

Names, spelling. - Kickapoo

Date7 Apr 2015 20:40:44
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:52
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 8422 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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