Andrew Wilson Opsata

Military

Object Number - UPL 15379 - B-24D Liberator, 42-40776, named, Old Blister Butt, in the 8th AF, the 389th BG, and the 564th BS. Pilot Robert L. Wright and crew. Flew on 1st Aug...

Lt. Andrew Opsata was a B-24D Command pilot who flew the B-24D Liberator, 41-11817, Stinger, with his Copilot Lt. Louis Quaglino, and Bombardier Lt. Don Di Coscoe, on Operation Tidal Wave, assigned to the 389th Bomb Group, the 8th Air Force, temporarily detached to (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 514th Bombardment Squadron. He flew a total of 27 combat missions. On Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to the Ploesti oil refineries, he bombed his target, returning safely to Libya with only one crew member, his gunner, SSgt John Gormey wounded by flak. WIA. 1 August, 1943.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • 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: 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-?
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35027471 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: B-24D Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35609749
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36030238
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Stinger
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 415th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Ole Irish
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 564th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Old Blister Butt - Widow
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 801st Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 328th Bomb Squadron 406th Bomb Squadron 564th Bomb Squadron 566th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

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...

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Assigned

Benghazi, Libya Assigned to 415BS, 98 BG, 9AF USAAF.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1943-08-01 Pilot of B-24 Liberator 41-11817 'Stinger' participated in the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid returning safely to Libya with only one crewmember WIA.

Born

Colgan, ND 1919-10-04 Son of Stephen Edward and Tillie A [Hamberg] Opsata.

Died

Bellingham, WA 2014-06-17

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2021 03:46:56
ContributorKickapoo
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

Date27 Sep 2021 03:38:20
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Spelling. - Kickapoo

Date27 Sep 2021 03:02:09
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Best Web - B-24 - Stinger

Date15 Sep 2021 03:39:20
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

Date15 Sep 2021 03:09:09
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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11817 - Stinger

Date14 Sep 2021 16:59:36
ContributorKickapoo
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date22 Apr 2021 09:44:53
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Page 370 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45);
http://www.lipper.cc/8th_AF/Chris/Chris_Chapt3.html

Date17 Apr 2021 18:32:28
Contributorjmoore43
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date1 Jan 2021 17:24:42
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Date17 Apr 2020 19:48:54
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added connections to the 415 BS & 98 BG mentioned in the events section.

Date30 Mar 2015 18:27:25
ContributorAl_Skiff
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USAAF Photo.

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