42-40663 Maternity Ward

Object Number - UPL 14233 - B-24 Liberator #4240663 'Maternity Ward' Failed to return from 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight....

Failed to return from 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. 8 MIA/KIA 2 POW. MACR 224.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 345th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-060657
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: O2043682
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 345th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37285266
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: O-673575
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force
  • Service Numbers: 16033996
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: 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

Assigned

Assigned

Libya 345 BS, 98 BG, 9 AF.

Other

Failed To Return FTR

Ionian Sea 1943-08-01 Failed to return from 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, shot down by enemy fighters over Ionian Sea on return flight. Pilot John V Ward. 8 MIA/KIA 2 POW. MACR 224.

Revisions

Date28 Mar 2015 09:32:03
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Mar 2015 18:16:55
ContributorAl_Skiff

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