Clarence Winford Gooden

Military

Object Number - UPL 53572 - Clarence W Gooden :- Distinguished Service Cross award card. 98BG.

Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot B-24 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Awards: DSC, DSM, SS, PH, EAME.

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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: 19080771
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31137007
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15087876
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-732645
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16022803 / O-667422
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Margie A Virgin
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force

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...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield

Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

Romania 1943-08-01 Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Based

Assigned

Benina 1943-08-01 Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Born

Waycross, GA, USA 1920-10-05 Son of William Herbert and Leasy Barnard [Gooden] Bradway.

Buried

Oakland Cemetery Waycross, Ware County GA Re-Interred Oakland Cemetery Waycross, Ware County Georgia, USA.
Waycross, GA, USA

Revisions

Date23 Feb 2018 02:27:55
Contributordecwriter
Sources

Received Silver Star Medal for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date16 Apr 2015 14:38:08
ContributorAl_Skiff

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