42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Object Number - UPL 52281 - B-24D Liberator 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, and, Damfino, and crew lost on the Ploesti raid. 1 Aug 43. MACR 174 ~ William R DeBusk : Navigator ...

The B-24D bomber, 42-40655, named, Four Eyes, and, Damfino, flown by Lt. Donald J. Hadcock, was assigned to the 343rd Bombing Squadron, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 9th Air Force.
Four Eyes, was lost on Operation Tidal Wave, Ploesti Romania. Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA. Failed To Return. FTR. 1 Aug 43. MACR 174 - Pilot Lt. Lawrence Haddock

B-24D, Four Eyes - Damfino, Crew On The Ploesti Mission :

◼ William R. DeBusk :: Navigator
◼Robert C. Elliott :: Gunner
◼Zelwood A. Gravlin :: Gunner
◼Lawrence J. Hadcock :: Pilot
◼James B. Hale :: Engineer
◼Ralph D. Kolb :: Gunner
◼John E. Kraft :: Co-Pilot
◼Eugene J. O'Mara :: Gunner
◼Lawrence E. Reitz :: Radio Operator
◼Peter A. Timpo :: Bombardier - Contributor - Brendan Wood

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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: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18074761 / O-670102
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38013630
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31125292
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12051931 / O-793322
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38088239
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer / Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Berka, al Birkah

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: - Four Eyes - Damfino
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed To Return FTR

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Failed To Return - 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, Shot down by enemy fighters, lost near the target. 10 KIA MACR 174

Assigned

Benina, Libya Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date1 Feb 2022 06:23:33
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40655 - Four eyes - Damfino

Date21 Sep 2021 09:51:39
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40665 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date13 Sep 2021 00:17:25
ContributorKickapoo
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HonorStates.org - Eugene J. O'Mara

Date12 Sep 2021 23:24:15
ContributorKickapoo
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Punctuation. - Kickapoo

Date12 Sep 2021 23:07:28
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - 42-40655 - Four Eyes - Damfino

Date12 Sep 2021 04:00:47
ContributorKickapoo
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Punctuation, spacing spelling. - Kickapoo

Date1 Sep 2016 01:00:10
ContributorJoe Poire
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Joe Poire, from web site "Nose Art" under B24D 42-40655

Date19 Mar 2015 14:04:36
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 174

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