Carl Frederick Root


Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Received his degree of Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California and a Masters in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Root practised medicine in Marvel Reading, Pa., and in North Carolina.


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Units served with

Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: The Sad Sack
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description


Berwick, PA 25 November 1921


Wilkes Barre, PA 18 March 1942 Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania


Radford, VA 11 March 1992


West View Cemetery, Radford, Radford City, VA 14 March 1992 West View Cemetery Radford, Radford City, Virginia



Benghazi, Libia Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.