Doyle Hicks


Object Number - UPL 56381 - Capt Doyle Hicks, 389BG.

Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40716. ETD

Awards: DFC, BSM, AM, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


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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


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Yours Truly
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 565th Bomb Squadron


  • 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...



Event Location Date Description


Medicine Mound, Texas 7 September 1916 Son of Ira Lee and Lillie Bell [Holmes] Hicks.


8 February 1941


Discharged USAAF

13 April 1946 Honourable discharge.


21 October 2004 Doyle Hicks, age 88, passed away on October 21, 2004. Doyle is survived by a son and his wife, a daughter, two brothers and a sister. Doyle is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, a brother, Vincent, a sister-in-law, Ann, a daughter, Jan Holmes and son-in-law, Shary. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2004. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2004. Both services will be at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, followed by burial at Sandia Memorial Gardens.


Sandia Memory Gardens Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM 28 October 2004 Sandia Memory Gardens Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico


Hethel Assigned to 565BS, 389BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date1 Nov 2019 12:19:18
Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:47

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Dugan & Stewart's 'Ploesti'

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